The 2012 Toyota RAV4 electric crossover made headlines yesterday, and we were shocked and thought it was a misprint that Toyota will not be offering this all-electric crossover to the public. So we didn’t write the story until we got further confirmation of this news. Initial reports indicate that Toyota will only be offering the 2012 Toyota RAV EV to fleet and car sharing organizations, but that is not the case now.
Today, Toyota has just officially confirmed that the 2012 Toyota will be available to the public as well. And this news will bring much relieve and joy to those enthusiasts who were waiting for this electric crossover. Here are the words straight from the horse’s mouth:
“The 2012 RAV4 EV will definitely be sold to the general public. We anticipate robust public interest in the RAV4 EV and are keen to inform consumers that their future vehicle options include a battery electric Toyota.”
“Toyota is the only manufacturer bringing two battery electric vehicles to the market in 2012 – the RAV4 EV and the Scion iQ EV While the RAV4 EV will be available to the public, the Scion iQ EV will be marketed to fleet and car sharing programs only.”
Well, we’re glad that Toyota came out with this confirmation. According to Geri Yoza, Toyota’s National Business Planning Manager of Advanced Vehicle Marketing, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 all-electric crossover is anticipated to join the market by next year; we assume it will be available in the second quarter of next year.
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 electric crossover was designed by Toyota, but equipped with an all-electric drivetrain by Tesla Motors. The original RAV4 EV all-electric crossover was made for government agencies, fleets and private customers. It featured a top speed of around 78 miles per hour and a range of between 100 and 120 miles per charge. That is an amazing driving range accomplishment on 1997’s battery technology.
With the help of Tesla Motors, we think the new 2012 RAV4 electric crossover can accomplish almost three times of the original RAV4 EV’s driving range, and that is if you are willing to spend on the top-range battery pack from Tesla. Currently, Tesla Motors has three battery pack options available: a standard 160 miles per charge, a 230 and 300 miles per charge battery packs. And they do get very expensive as you move up.