2014 Toyota RAV4 EV review

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Toyota RAV4 EV

2013 Toyota RAV4 EV

was a time when California was at the edge of style, fashion, and, of course, cars. The has made this global exposed to almost everything

But this time, the state can exclusivity over the 2012 RAV4 EV. Current plans for 2,600 copies of the new electric SUV to be over a three-year period for or purchase in the Golden State.

Although Toyota is no stranger to technology and electrification, there is in its collaboration with Tesla

This Japanese-Californian partnership as unexpected as you might think: is building its new Model S sedan at a Toyota-GM joint venture in Northern California. In this Tesla supplies power to Toyota, which then the RAV4 at a plant in Ontario,

Looking mostly like the version, the RAV4 EV boasts and Sport power modes give it zippy 0-60 of either 8.6 or 7.0 seconds and a top speed of 100 mph to a 154 horsepower (115 kilowatt) that sends power to the wheels.

Charging is also a affair: Standard mode to 35 kWh for an estimated 92 mile range, Extended mode completes to a 41.8 kWh for 113 miles. Toyota that Standard mode also extend the charging of the lithium-ion battery, which is for eight years or 100,000

Toyota looked to electrical Leviton for a $1,590 (plus 240V 40-amp charger to the RAV4 batteries in about six Use a standard 120V outlet and takes an eye-popping 44 (yes, 44 )

To minimize the dreaded range of EVs, Toyota adopted HVAC settings for up to a 40 percent savings compared to a standard From there the aero-carved (which doesn’t need a radiator opening) and shapely make the RAV4 the sleekiest SUV in the at 0.30 Cd.

Looking inward

The of the RAV4 EV shares much its gasoline-powered brother, but goes it a better with more takes on existing gear.

The adjustable driver’s seat and passenger seats are only with fabric seat and SofTex bolstering. Toyota has them with heaters and rear to minimize the use of the HVAC on cool mornings, which range. Unlike most the RAV4’s 73 cubic feet of hauling space is identical to the gas

A new IntelliTouch capacitive eight-inch display with navigation is a first featuring flick similar to what you would see on an Other similarities exist that are quite Prius-like in

A full gauge cluster user-programmable TFT screens to display from CO2 reduction to the expected range and charge status In Normal mode, the display is in blue, while Sport changes the tint to red.

Toyota offers a smartphone app remotely monitors charge as well as another to help find Toyota-spec stations with the quick chargers. drivers will appreciate a app that helps drivers their car in a large parking

Once under way

We weren’t sure what to expect, but we away impressed.

Toyota RAV4 EV

The aforementioned 154 equivalent is joined by either 218 of torque (Normal mode) or a 273 lb-ft. (in Sport mode).

is blazingly fast, as a rather Porsche driver found out our test run. Sure, he beat us at the top end but it is rare to find an SUV of any that could chirp the from a standing start, if they were low-rolling-resistance

Though the RAV4 EV is hardly a car, the standard gasser’s sporty handling remains Its electrically-assisted power steering is at low speeds, but the little ‘ute’s is front-drive predictable when

Driving around the Orange we stumbled across a Real who said she thought the RAV4 EV was When we told her the $50,000 price, she scoffed and said it have been a Lexus for kind of money.

We think she might not be the only

Leftlane’s bottom line

the manufacturing abilities of Toyota the battery innovations from Motors has enabled both to get a jump on the competition as far as alternative of power are concerned. Range is still an issue to be worked but the envelope keeps getting further as time and technology on.

Nearly 50 g’s for a RAV4 EV is a lot of but we think Toyota should get a on their partner by setting up a table just outside Apple Store-like showrooms in malls. With a nearly wait for a Tesla Model S, salespeople could really nab a few Psst! We’ve got your right here for half the

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV price, $49,800.

Words and by Mark Elias.

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