Monday, August 6, 2012

Toyota ready to launch electric RAV4

Toyota Motor Sales, USA is bringing an all-new, all-electric sport utility vehicle to select California dealerships by late summer.  RAV4 offers performance, comfort and versatility and  is expected to achieve an EPA-estimated driving range rating of approximately 100 miles, while approximately six hours on a recommended  240volt  charger, according to Toyota executives.
"The RAV4 EV's driving performance, dynamics and cargo capacity are equal to or exceed the gas powered RAV4 V6," said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager.  "Arriving fully-equipped with an MSRP of $49,800, with available combined federal and state incentives of up to $10,000, the RAV4 EV is a practical, versatile option for the EV enthusiast."
The RAV4 EV is the product of a unique collaboration with Tesla Motors spurred by Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation.  Twenty-two months after the project announcement,
The RAV4 EV combines a Tesla designed and produced battery and electric powertrain with Toyota's most popular SUV model.  The collaborative team set its sights on optimizing the customer experience.  From remote charging options to interior comfort to futuristic interactive displays, the RAV4 EV combines the practical features of a compact SUV with aerodynamic styling and an electric powertrain for the longest EPA estimated driving range rating of any non-luxury EV. By Joseph Szczesny


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