The once reserved Toyota RAV4 EV mainly available to government and fleet customers is now available for masses. The wait is over, Toyota has just announced its fully equipped full-electric crossover for regular consumers at a price tag of $49,800. Toyota is taking orders for the all-electric RAV4 EV at the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles today, and deliveries are expected by the end of this year.
The all-electric Toyota RAV4 EV was announced two years ago, and at that time, it was available to a handful of select customers. Just last year, Toyota has announced that it will make the all-electric Toyota RAV4 EV available to the general public. And today is such that day.
So, what do we know about the all-electric Toyota RAV4 EV so far? We have learned that the new all-electric crossover will be powered with an all-electric drivetrain and battery pack by Tesla Motors, which delivers up to 154 HP (115kW) at 2,800 rpm. It has a driving range of about 12o miles on a single charge. According to the company, it takes about six hours for a full charge on a 240V/40A charger.
Even though performance is not really what electric vehicles about, but the front-wheel-drive RAV4 EV features two different select-able drive modes, Sport and Normal. In Sport mode, the vehicle reaches 0-60 mph in just 7.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 100 mph. While in normal mode, it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds with a maximum speed of 85 mph.
“It’s all about blending the best of two worlds,” said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division. “The all-new RAV4 EV marries the efficiency of an EV with the versatility of a small SUV – in fact, it is the only all- electric SUV on the market.”
Currently, the Toyota RAV4 EV is only be available in California, and initially, the company plans to move about 2,600 units in the next three years, which is relatively a small quantity. This tells us that Toyota is cautiously putting its foot in this alternative-fuel vehicle market, especially when it comes to SUV/crossover vehicles.