Toyota is building the second-generation Toyota RAV4 EV.
In 2011, 35 vehicles will be built for a demonstration program.
Then expect the RAV4 EV to be in showrooms in 2012.
The cool thing is that this version is expected to have a range of 100 miles. Given Toyota’s track record on the last RAV4 EV which I did drive; when they say a range they mean it.
Source: Toyota Motor Corporation
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Tesla Batteries Toyota CarIn 1997, Toyota brought to market the first-generation RAV4 EV in response to the California zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate and was the first manufacturer to meet the mandate’s Memo of Agreement on volume sales. Powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, the vehicle had a range of between 80-110 miles on a single charge. From model year 1998 to model year 2003, only 1,484 vehicles were sold or leased in the U.S. 746 first-generation RAV4 EVs are still on the road (www.toyotarav4ev.com).
“Price and convenience proved to be critical success factors and they remain so today,” said Lentz. “But much has changed in the last few years. Most importantly, the growing level of awareness that sustainable mobility will come at a cost that must be shared by the automakers, government and the consumer.