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At Maker Faire, not far the 3D printers and robotic bartenders. I Toyota’s RAV4 EV. It might a bit more spit and polish the typical DIY project at Maker but it’s definitely the result of art and craft.

Melissa Riofrio engineers spent two years an all-electric version of the RAV4 EV.

The were given two years to an all-electric powertrain into small SUV, one of Toyota’s popular models. Try taking off underwear without removing clothes and you’ll understand the

Toyota’s RAV4 EV is the car I was looking for in I wanted a car that used gas and made less pollution. The was available, but it wasn’t quite big for what I need to do: carry of people, pets, and stuff, all at the time.

My Maker Faire with the RAV4 EV, however, me all the reasons why this car didn’t six years ago and only sort-of today.

Tesla made the

If anyone knows electric it’s Tesla, and the foundation of the EV is a Tesla-made, 41.8kWh lithium-ion

In most electric cars, you can see the taking up space in the trunk or the rear seats. The Toyota is known for having a cavernous volume, so any loss there be disappointing.

Toyota The RAV4 EV none of its considerable interior space to the battery.

The RAV4 battery is built into the of the car, so it doesn’t take up any space that the driver or would experience. The battery’s also lowers the car’s of gravity, which is great for and drive quality.

EV bugaboo: anxiety

Electric vehicles a huge user hesitation: anxiety. Everyone worries draining the battery. Even apps, finding a charging involves more planning finding a gas station.

The charging itself takes too—you can’t just fill up, and keep going.

Riofrio The time needed to an all-electric car makes it a logistical for road trips beyond its

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Every little thing did to preserve battery life in the EV makes a difference. The engineers a longer rear spoiler and side-view mirrors, among things, to improve aerodynamics, the coefficient of drag from to 0.30—the lowest of any SUV in the world, per

Melissa Riofrio A longer spoiler helps reduce the EV’s coefficient of drag, on battery usage.

HVAC systems impose a burden on all-electric systems. In to the controls we’re used to on other cars, like temperature settings and eco modes, even added a humidity behind the rear-view mirror to it manage the HVAC more

Melissa Riofrio A humidity tucked behind the rear-view helps the HVAC system run efficiently.

A great car as far as it goes

For all efforts, the fact remains the RAV4 EV is a two-ton car (4,032 to be exact)—470 pounds heavier the RAV4 V6 upon which based. The tested range of the EV with its 41kWh battery is 100 miles—fine for most commutes and but a daunting consideration for longer trips. The 4,647-pound Tesla S sedan, by comparison, has a range of 206 on its 60kWh battery, and 265 miles on its battery.

Toyota The RAV4 EV will be for local commutes and errands, but driving is another story.

I want to try this car and see what like for the majority of my daily which can be anywhere from 5 to 50 round trip—easy for this range. Until recharging cars becomes as fast and as filling a gas tank, however, car is not the one I was looking for six years ago, at not yet.

Melissa Riofrio Senior TechHive

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