The RAV4 EV was built with Tesla Motors and Toyota engineers that knew they’d need to be fast and flexible with development and evaluation. So they came up with a eFAST process (early field and suitability testing), the RAV4 EV to validate and confirm vehicle performance. Bottom line here is that they both built their own electric car. Now since they were doing one together and not reinventing the wheel it was a quick build.
- Driving range displays an estimated range according to the amount of charge remaining in the traction battery along with the current air condition setting. The range will adjust based on the setting of the air conditioning.
- Trip efficiency displays the average power consumption in intervals of five minutes during a trip. Efficiency displays average power consumption since the function was reset as well as current power consumption.
- Eco coach evaluates the level of eco-sensitive driving according to acceleration, speed and braking and displays an overall score.
- CO2 reduction displays the amount of CO2 reduced compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle. The reduction is displayed as a growing tree.
- AUX power displays average 12-volt battery power consumption since the function was reset and the current trip’s 12-volt battery power consumption.
- May 2010 – Toyota/Tesla announce collaboration to develop electric vehicles, parts, production systems and engineering support
- July 2010 – Toyota/Tesla announce development of RAV4 EV
- November 2010 – Toyota reveals RAV4 EV Phase Zero prototype at LA Auto Show
- February 2011 – Tesla begins delivery of 31 converted RAV4 EV Phase Zero demonstration program vehicles
- April 2011 – Toyota provides first media drive opportunity of Phase Zero demonstration program vehicle at 2011 Sustainable Mobility Seminar
- August 2011 – Toyota/Tesla announce RAV4 EV manufacturing location – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc., Woodstock, Ontario
- May 2012 – 2012 RAV4 EV revealed at Electric Vehicle Symposium 26