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May 7,

Today the wait for the 2nd generation RAV4 EV ended. The all electric SUV by Tesla and Toyota was first almost two years ago on the heels of investment in Tesla, and the sale to of Toyota’s NUMMI factory in CA. The vehicle and final specifications unveiled today by Toyota at the conference, in Los Angeles.

The new RAV4 EV is on a highly modified version of the RAV4, rather than a refreshed base vehicle. chose to do this for the pragmatism of to ship the vehicle this rather than waiting for a base model. Where a car design takes 4 years or to go from concept to shipping this project took 2 years.

It is what Toyota calls a vehicle, if only because it is first all electric vehicle. at least the first generation built over 10 years The other groundbreaking feature is the fact it is the first all electric SUV any automaker. “It’s all about the best of two worlds,” said Bob group vice president and manager of the Toyota division. all-new RAV4 EV marries the of an EV with the versatility of a small SUV – in it is the only all-electric SUV on the market.”

The drive train, designed by Motors. is rated for 154 HP (115 and 218 ft-lb of torque. This for a 0-60 time of 7 seconds (in mode), and a top speed of 100 miles/hr, is pokey for a Tesla drive but still respectably fast. In eco the 0-60 time is 8.6 seconds, and is a top speed of 85 miles/hr.

The 41.8 kilowatt hour pack surprisingly provides a 100 mile driving range. By other electric cars a 100 mile range using smaller battery packs. It the effective range per kilowatt is not so impressive.

Because battery cost is the primary driving in vehicle cost, the larger required to reach 100 miles of is a contributing factor to the $49,800 Why is the range per kilowatt hour One simple reason is physics, a vehicle, with more (mass) simply requires energy to move down the which consumes the energy in the pack faster.

The on-board system is a little different the pre-production prototype we had seen in The released RAV4EV has a normal level 2 charging connector than a Tesla proprietary (as was the case on a pre-production RAV4 EV in March ), meaning that the EV will not support the Tesla fast charging system. the on-board charger supports a 10 charging rate, which is a lot faster than other vehicles.

It should mean the RAV4 EV give 35-40 miles or so of per hour of charging.

Tesla engineered the battery pack, motor, controller, and other of the electric drive train. engineered the integration of these into the production RAV4 EV, and is production of the vehicle at the RAV4 in Canada. Tesla is manufacturing the it provides in Tesla’s facilities in

Toyota says a full requires only 6 hours, is very fast considering the 41.8 kilowatt hour pack. However that of a recharge requires a 40 amp J1772 station. Most of the public stations top out at 30 amp charge rates, the recharge time will be longer at a public station it will be at your home station.

Speaking of the home charging Toyota has partnered with on a new J1772 charging station for use that supports the 40 amp charge required by the Toyota RAV4 EV. It is a looking unit, and requires a with a 50 amp capacity. Leviton also supply a pre-wire kit to installation, and has a network of Leviton-certified station installers.

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The interior is nice and as roomy as you’d from an SUV. No cargo or space was sacrificed to the battery due to placing it underneath the passenger Under the hood you would a hard time detecting the Toyota RAV4 EV was driven by magic pixie dust.

None of the components were as Tesla but instead are labeled as

Toyota restyled various of the RAV4, such as the front to maximize aerodynamic efficiency. The 0.3 Cd is the lowest coefficient of drag of any SUV in the

Previously Toyota had promised a 2012 ship date, but now it will go on sale in late 2012 (which could be as as September). The initial markets be California’s major metropolitan and it will be rolled out in other as demand for the vehicle warrants. In this gives the appearance Toyota is simply looking for ZEV in California.

Especially because production will be only 2,600 a year for the next three

“We believe that the RAV4 EV attract sophisticated early adopters, much like the Prius,” said Carter. designed for consumers who prioritize the and appreciate performance. We look to seeing how the market responds.

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