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When entered into partnership Tesla Motors in May of 2010, it was an odd of corporate visions. But they determined to shake up the electric market with their venture. Tesla already had to corner the sporty luxury car with their Roadster and the S, and the eccentric sedan lane was growing crowded, with the Leaf. the Chevy Volt. and own Prius plug-in hybrid.

Toyota and Tesla would try radical: They’d take the symbol of gas-guzzling automotive and they’d flip the environmental by creating a new electric SUV. It to pass quicker than could have hoped.

The night, I ate dessert with Bernas, the chief engineer of all-new all-electric version of the I told them I needed than two years to complete the he said. They said, it in less.’ This needed to hit the quickly. I didn’t know if I was punished or what.

It took a for the partnership to heat up, Bernas Tesla, the brash Silicon startup, was reluctant to share its electric drivetrain technology, and didn’t want to give up its design and safety protocols, over decades of research. struck a deal.

Toyota would send a playbook of required specs, Tesla could use in designing its own In return, Toyota got access to EV battery technology. Of such are potential revolutions born.

At a conference the next morning, said, I wanted to break the of EVs being boring. I wanted no in terms of performance, innovation, or fun to drive. That’s a big order for a car in its non-electric life, is a purely SUV. We were about to out if he’d done his job.

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Since this a mystery novel, let’s not the suspense going: Though, in it looks like an only version of a pretty ordinary car, the new RAV4 EV is a full-on upgrade. It’s comfortable, almost deathly quiet, and fun to The brakes are hearty and the turning outstanding.

Over several in and around Newport Beach, my drive partner and I continually with excitement as we peeled from stop signs, U-turns with impunity, and guided the car through crowded County traffic. At one point, we out of a stoplight, leaving the Mercedes driver in the lane next to us his mouth agape. The next came and we did it again.

The other driver wasn’t to getting dusted by a mommy-mobile.

though it’s big enough to a family of five, with of trunk space for a Costco run or a few this isn’t the soccer mom door’s RAV4. Despite having 154 maximum horsepower, it as well as a car twice as strong. In drive mode, the LED light inside glows blue.

But the Sport button on the lower and suddenly the display color to red, with a circle the MPH display glowing like the Eye Of


But no factor is more important, it comes to EVs, than range. Nothing scares EV buyers like the possibility of out of power. In our morning press Toyota swore that the new EV would get at least 100 miles to the under any circumstance.

If you were judicious with the and heating system, and didn’t hit the too hard, you could get up to 150.

We put it its paces all afternoon. When we the car up, the display on the left side of the claimed we had a range of 158 miles. zeroing out the odometer, we hit the streets. The outside was gorgeous, so we opened the instead of using the air. 16 miles, we still had a range of 135 left.

Five miles true to form, we had 130. We put it ECO LO air mode. Immediately, the car jacked to an 89-mile range.

The battery a lot quicker with the air on, but that’s a lot more mileage than drivers need in an average The dreaded range anxiety plagues EV drivers wasn’t present here.

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After a while, we turned the air and the range immediately soared to 102 miles remaining. We’d 36. By day’s end, we’d 55.3 miles, a good of that while flooring the car to capacity. I got the RAV4 up to 95 on the Interstate even blinking. Even that aggressive stance, were still 69 miles of left, meaning that the car had 130 miles of potential energy charges.

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We’d accomplished something without even trying. felt like a major forward in electric-vehicle technology.

said, there are some to criticize about the RAV4. the charging situation, while we get to test it, seems to have limitations. The car can fully charge in to six hours, but only using a unit that costs $1,500 to install, and that’s if your house can handle a 40 240-volt charging apparatus.

stations are available, but don’t quite as quickly. If you use the standalone that Toyota provides the car, it takes 44 hours to the RAV4 in full.

Also, the suffers from a problem to many contemporary cars. It on the interconnectivity. While I suppose a good thing that I can voice-activated OpenTable reservations driving, I don’t like the of having to operate a complicated computer in order to make happen. This was the case a lot of the RAV4’s entertainment functions. I could do it easily from the wheel,  we couldn’t figure out a way for the to change channels on the radio, and had to sit a ten-minute explanation by Toyota specialists until we finally the right touch screen.

The RAV4 could do with a fewer trendy app doo-dads, and a of extra knobs.

Of course, a quibble. Toyota, with help, has built a fun, SUV that features guilt-free with excellent range. an evolutionary car, if not a revolutionary

But if the RAV4 EV really needed to hit the quickly, then why aren’t trying harder to sell it?

In an desultory marketing presentation week, Toyota said they’re only making RAV4 EVs (and only them in California), over the three years. Even the car officially goes on sale month, they haven’t yet a single hard order, and priced it at an expensive $49,800. how quickly they made car, and the amount of energy and they put behind making it targets seem strangely Then again, Toyota is one of six required by California environmental to build a certain number of vehicles starting this

As with the Honda Fit EV. keeping curtailed seems as much meeting a rule as it does cars.

Greg Bernas and his worked very hard to a viable electric car that’s to the average consumer. I certainly driving it. But three years now, Tesla will released its own electric SUV.

BMWs and Infinitis are on the way as well. the market could pass vehicle. The RAV4 EV is a potentially car. All it needs now is a little

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