Toyota RAV4 EV first drive Review Autocar

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Toyota RAV4 EV

Toyota RAV4 EV first review

What is it?

Although has committed to hybrid power in a big way, it is also dipping its toe the battery-powered electric vehicle The Toyota RAV4 EV is the Japanese all-electric SUV, developed in with electric vehicle Tesla Motors .

The RAV4 EV is only on sale in urban of California, where it is in line the state’s strict clean laws and qualifies for tax breaks and incentives.

Akio Toyoda, and chief executive of Toyota, put the prospect of a collaboration with Musk’s Tesla back in

Underpinned by a Tesla -designed and electric powertrain, the front-wheel-drive EV developed from a pipe to a reality in just 22 months.

The SUV was first revealed in 2012 and has gone on sale in modest Output will be restricted to examples for the first three of production.

What is it like?

It quick enough to be a fun drive, and not as as you might fear, probably the instant slug of torque on tap whenever you accelerate belies the weight of all that battery the RAV4 EV lugs around.The is quiet, but not completely noiseless, a distinct whine as its noise There’s not much wind owning to the fact that the EV, with a drag coefficient of is even more slippery a conventional RAV4 .One is that the hushed nature of the powertrain highlights noisy surfaces, such as those we on our test drive in Michigan.In its Toyota has fitted a button switches the RAV4 EV into ‘Sport’ mode. Press it, and the dials behind the steering glow devilishly red instead of blue and an extra dollop of is unleashed.The SUV gathers pace reaching 60mph in just 7.0 on its way to a top speed of 100mph. However, wanton disregard for power scuppers any hope you might of matching Toyota’s claimed range of 103 miles.In truth, the RAV4 EV is more intended for cruising.

The steering feels very and is fairly direct, lending well to city driving.Under you’re reminded that carrying an extra 200kg or so to a regular RAV4. The battery has been mounted low in the middle of the to make the centre of gravity as low as driver has a full range of EV to play with, including a climate control system can tease out more battery in its most frugal setting.An eco includes the power meter, range, battery gauge, shift indicator and multi-information Information such as driving trip efficiency and one of those but pointless trees showing how CO2 your vehicle hasn’t can be called up on the multi-information display.A braking system, developed in between Toyota and Tesla. can

to replenish the batteries. Used a driver could potentially about 20 extra miles of per full charge.Crucially, the load of the RAV4 isn’t compromised by the components.

That means there’s a boot with the rear in place, which makes it one of the practical EVs on the market.Recharging of the batteries can be in approximately six hours at its quickest.

I buy one?

Toyota RAV4 EV

It could prove mainly because you’d to first relocate to California to do so. on reflection, does hold appeal.


Like the Prius it, the RAV4 EV is primarily aimed at early adopters and companies wish to run green vehicles on fleets.

For most motorists the usual vehicle concerns about the of flexibility prompted by a limited range would still as would the initial outlay.

the (very rough) guide of a US dollar to UK sterling conversion, the equates to about £32,000, is more expensive than the four-wheel-drive, 2.2-litre diesel we get over here.

However, the RAV4 EV feels well and robust, and if it was more widely it is easy to imagine how its high-riding and practical load space find favour with who have already warmed to vehicles on either side of the

Toyota RAV4 EV

Price $49,800 (approx 0-60mph 7.0sec (sport Top speed 85mph (normal 100mph (sport mode); 103 miles; CO2 0g/km (local); weight 1829kg; Drive AC electric motor with lithium-ion battery; Power Torque 273lb ft (sport Gearbox single-speed automatic

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