The Truth About Cars » toyota rav4 ev http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:13:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » toyota rav4 ev http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com A Look At The Homebrew Toyota RAV4 EVs Already Out There http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/a-look-at-the-homebrew-toyota-rav4-evs-already-out-there/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/a-look-at-the-homebrew-toyota-rav4-evs-already-out-there/#comments Thu, 10 May 2012 15:52:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443786 Despite Toyota’s announcement of a new generation of RAV4 EV, mostly for CARB compliance, it seems that RAV4 EV production has never really stopped – at least not on a one-off basis. Brian Driggs of Gearbox Magazine went looking through EVAlbum’s catalog of enthusiast-created RAV4 EV conversions. Some of them look identical to a standard […]

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Despite Toyota’s announcement of a new generation of RAV4 EV, mostly for CARB compliance, it seems that RAV4 EV production has never really stopped – at least not on a one-off basis.

Brian Driggs of Gearbox Magazine went looking through EVAlbum’s catalog of enthusiast-created RAV4 EV conversions. Some of them look identical to a standard RAV4, while others are moreĀ intricate. Witness the RAV4 EV, that appears to be a Toyota original. The big difference is that this photo, apparently dated in 2001, shows the RAV4 EV towing a trailer. Within the trailer is a Kawasaki 500cc parallel-twin motorcycle engine that powers an A/C generator. Range extender anyone? Yes, it’s a little crude, but also somewhat ingenious.

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Toyota RAV4 EV – A $49,000 Compliance Exercise http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/toyota-rav4-ev-a-49000-compliance-exercise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/toyota-rav4-ev-a-49000-compliance-exercise/#comments Mon, 07 May 2012 20:10:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443366 Toyota is only planning to sell 2,300 RAV4 EVs over the next three years! Can anyone say “compliance car”? According to Yahoo’s Motoramic blog, Toyota sold that many RAV4s in one week last month. The RAV4 is a big departure from the first generation RAV4 EV sold in California. The flat battery pack developed by […]

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Toyota is only planning to sell 2,300 RAV4 EVs over the next three years! Can anyone say “compliance car”?

According to Yahoo’s Motoramic blog, Toyota sold that many RAV4s in one week last month. The RAV4 is a big departure from the first generation RAV4 EV sold in California.

The flat battery pack developed by Tesla means the car loses no cargo space. 60 mph comes up in 7 seconds (with Sport mode engaged – otherwise it’s 8.6 seconds). And the 100 mile range is competitive with cars like the Nissan Leaf.

Unfortunately, the RAV4 EV is expected to carry a $20,000 premium over the regular RAV4, and will be sold in very limited numbers – condemning it to irrelevance and a life of little purpose, save for meeting an obscure governmental mandate.

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