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A Solid Electric For A Prototype

Ahh, the joys of a prototype vehicle. During the Toyota Sustainable Mobility in San Diego, California this Toyota brought in a handful of RAV4 EVs for us to tool around in, but were some caveats: The was decidedly highway-free; when it one afternoon, we were told it be better to wait to drive the and one journalist had a problem with his that made it sluggish. The asterisk in the whole program, was that the RAV4 EVs we were are only a pale shadow of the real RAV4 EVs will be when Toyota releases in the first quarter of 2012.

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Here’s how fast the new RAV4 EV has The Toyota/Tesla partnership was publicly in May of 2010. with the RAV4 EV becoming public in July. At the Los Angeles Auto Show.

showed off the new RAV4 EV for the first and Tesla delivered 31 prototypes to in February of 2011. This these vehicles were launched as part of a demonstration In the automotive industry, this is close to light speed.

Not that Toyota doesn’t a lot of practice with electric (heck, it was building the still-popular RAV4 EV a decade ago). In the RAV4 EV was just one vehicle we about in California. Toyota’s announced electric vehicle include the following.

The iQ EV. a 50-mile low-volume urban commuter scheduled to arrive in 2012 details here ).

The plug-in of which there are 163 in the U.S. fleet right now to gather use and charging data (details and here ).

The FCHV-adv, which is being developed and tested a 100-vehicle demonstration fleet started last year and through 2013. The H2 CUV is scheduled to in 2015 or sooner (details ).

Okay, but we already knew these other programs. get to the RAV4 EV. First, some

The RAV4 EV weighs 3,942 about 1,000 pounds of are in the Tesla battery.

The CUV can go from 0-60 in nine

It has an official 100-mile-per-hour top speed test drivers have it to over 103).

The RAV4 EV has 73 of space, which is exactly the as the standard RAV4 V6.

Toyota is a range that varies 80 and 120 miles from the battery has 37 kWh of useable energy. The engineers are that the RAV4 EV will the Nissan Leaf and its official EPA of 73 miles. This is nice, but the EV is bigger and heavier, an electron-guzzler or that gets just 2-3 per kWh (other EVs get around 4-5 miles), and we it will cost a lot more,

Whatever the official range ends up being, Toyota told us that they under promise and over

The prototype has a Tesla charge but the production version will the standard J1772 connector.

Toyota RAV4 EV

The vehicles take ages to 28 hours to fully charge a standard 110 volt outlet (12 240V), but the production version, promised us, will be significantly

What is the deal between the and the pre-production models? The production is really a separate project, and the two EV teams are working concurrently. The team is getting driving ideas and information from the fleet team.

In the light-speed to get Toyota some all-electric Tesla converted just 35 for Toyota: two for development, two for the auto circuit and 31 for the demonstration fleet.

The had carte blanche to choose the for the EV version, but not enough time to refresh the vehicle for electric (as, for example, Volvo did the C30 Electric and the redesigned safety to protect the battery in case of a So, a lot of the metal and parts come from a V6 RAV4, which is all of these EVs started out life as, but have been a few changes were deemed feasible to enhance range. The electrified has a new front fascia designed by in Newport Beach as well as an EV-type badging and special LED fog On the inside, the powertrain was imported, and adapted, from a Tesla .

There are at least four ways you can tell that Toyota vehicle has been the Tesla shop: the aforementioned connector, Tesla’s battery system box under the hood, the way the car you a little Powered by Tesla when you start it up and the way the PRND are arranged, which is similar to the way are set up in the Roadster. Actually, five: the to drive (almost) with one

In all ways, this is a prototype The special high-voltage disconnect you see in the dashboard picture is not something will make it to production, so get too excited about that. the way the RAV4 EV is today provides us enough information to say that is on the right track here.

The gives you the information you need kWh and battery state of charge and in a clear display. Most when you’re moving the RAV4 EV feels incredibly gliding through traffic the way we want our silent electric to move. It’s the part you come to a stop that exactly right.

Right now, the regenerative on the RAV4 EV are surprisingly intense. The lights do not turn on when you your foot off of the accelerator, but should given how harsh regen grab is (it’s between on a Tesla Roadster and a E. for those of you who’ve experienced of those vehicles). Some apparently wanted to make the come on, but it was not technically possible these quickly made

Roadster drivers who like the driving you can do in that car will right at home, although the EV does have a slight which means that off the accelerator will never stop the car. Still, we in love with the coasting of the C30 Electric. and hope that, at the least, Toyota allows to choose their desired of regen, but this is apparently a task. We’re going to an in-depth look at this in a later article, so for now we’ll say that we’re glad we talked to said things be different in the production version.

What’s also not so useful and being changed in the production is that the charging light is at the bottom of the center stack, near the cup holders. A top-of-the-dash-mounted like the Chevy Volt and Leaf have is much useful.

Given how fast got these vehicles from and then into journalists’ we’re impressed with how far the project is. In fact, when we sat down in our RAV4 EV, there just 61 miles on the odometer. more will have to be put on everything’s ready for the public, and be happy help put on as many as will let us.

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