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Toyota kidnaps one more car

Toyota kidnaps one more car


The storyline is meant to be From Who Killed the Electric to Who Revived the Electric Car? Now automakers seem to be reevaluating cars, you d think the era of automakers extraordinary steps to keep cars from private would be over.

You d be wrong.

As GM up the Volt, it ensures EV1s at and universities not be returned to the road as cars. As Toyota gets for suggesting it will offer a few a few plug-in hybrids in 3 or 4 years, it what it can to take the myth-busting EV out of private hands.

In mid-January a 2002 RAV4 EV of San Francisco came to the end of its five lease. The leaseholder chose not to buy out the and returned the electric car to the dealer. few RAV4 EVs have been to the dealer when the lease Most people have so pleased with their Toyota that they to buy the car outright. Some, recognizing the for the cars, pay the $27,000 balance to turn around and eBay the earning a quick $5,000

Why this leaseholder simply in his electric car to his Toyota dealer is

But Eric Doebert, a salesman at Toyota in Palo Alto, there was still interest in the The dealership did well with the EV during the brief period it was selling twenty one of the $42,000 SUVs. And as soon as the word got out a used RAV4 EV had been and would be offered for sale, the of interest began to pile up.

Ordinarily when a leased car is the dealer gets first if they choose they can buy the car and it.

Since no leased RAV4 EV had been returned to the Palo dealer, Doebert was unprepared for s unusual next steps. The computer had a block on the car the dealer t buy the car. The dealer wanted to out something with Toyota due to the interest in the car. They wanted to do a little business, the used electric car. But refused.

I know that at least before a leased car was returned to dealer, and ultimately that EV was resold to a private party. Toyota decided that not happen again.

So just closing time on Thursday 24th, without any notice and the sales and used car staff had Toyota corporate in San Ramon two of its agents to retrieve the car. The lot boy up the keys, and the staff returned the morning to find a good on a great Toyota had been them by Toyota.

The situation isn t as bad as it might have Toyota agreed with In America in 2005 to stop RAV4 EVs, and I trust this car will remain in But it won t be driving around the San Francisco Bay taking someone to work, kids to school, heightening in plug in cars and proving the of electric cars. RAV4 EVs in hands prove daily electric cars are not dead

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