Toyota RAV4 EV Unveiled With 100 Mile Range, $50K Price Tag
The Toyota RAV4 becomes the first all-electric SUV to hit the market. Unveiled in Los Angeles at the Electric Vehicle Symposium, the RAV4 has an expected range of approximately 100 miles and a charging time of approximately six hours on a 240V/40A charger.
Compared with the gas powered RAV4, Toyota re-styled the front bumper, upper and lower grill, side mirrors, rear spoiler, and under body design to maximize air flow around the vehicle. The RAV4 EV’s battery pack is mounted low and to the center of the vehicle, which Toyota says creates a more sedan-like ride.
The interior features an eight-inch capacitive touch screen, with navigation, telematics, and EV drive information and settings designed specifically for the RAV4 EV. Entune is standard along with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, and USB port with iPod connectivity. The dash display color illuminates red when the vehicle is operating in sport mode and blue in normal driving mode.
“It’s all about blending the best of two worlds,” said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division. “The all-new RAV4 EV marries the efficiency of an EV with the versatility of a small SUV – in fact, it is the only all-electric SUV on the market.”
The RAV4 EV is the product of a collaboration with Tesla Motors and will go on sale in late summer 2012 with an MSRP of $49,800. Toyota says initially the RAV4 EV will be only be sold through select dealers in four major California markets including Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles/Orange County and San Diego.