TOYOTA RAV4 EV ELECTRIC, 35 TEST UNITS COMING

Written by gary on November 22nd, 2010
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Toyota, the leader in hybrid cars, is building 35 test Rav4 EV, electric vehicles. Consummating their partnership, they are enlisting  the help of Tesla, makers of the Tesla Roadster to Build Rav4 Electrics.toyota-rav4-ev_1

The 35  second-generation RAV4 EVs, are essentially a highly finished test mule that is virtually an unmodified RAV4 chassis married to Tesla’s electric powertrain. Volume production is set to begin in 2012.

Sit inside the RAV4 EV and you could be easily think it is a run-of-the-mill fossil fuel powered RAV4, except for two key differences. The first being an EV-specific instrument cluster, rav EV clusterand Second, a push button-driven drive selector has been lifted straight off the Tesla Roadster.

According to Toyota, the EV nearly matches the optional Rav4 V6’s zero to (60mph) time of 7.2 seconds.

rav4 EV ButtonsThe Range is expected to be a real-world 100 miles between charges.

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