Toyota has finally revealed its much anticipated RAV4 EV.
The power-train and battery of this all-electric RAV4 have been designed and produced by Tesla Motors. Tesla is producing its own SUV, the Model X, coming out late next year.
The RAV4 can apparently go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, with a top of 100 mph. For those concerned about “range anxiety”, this electric SUV has a range of 100 miles. Not bad at all, if it’s used as a family vehicle shuttling kids and associated stuff around the city on a daily basis, for instance. Even for out-of-town trips that’s not bad, if you don’t plan on major mileage in one day.
Toyota is planning to make only 2,600 of these RAV4s over the coming 3 years. This is not very many at all, considering the likes of Nissan will most likely make a lot more EVs than that per month over the same period.
Of course what I’m sure you really want to know is the price. It’s going to go on sale in California this year for $49,800. Although the price gets substantially less expensive after government incentives for electric vehicles, this is more than twice the base price of a 2012 RAV4 with a 2.5 liter gasoline engine. The share pice of Tesla Motors fell to its lowest price in more than 3 months on the news. The price is also almost as much as Tesla’s upcoming all-electric Model S SUV, which is perhaps not such a bad thing for Tesla.
The RAV4 EV is expected to go on sale in late 2012 through selected dealers in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Could production be ramped up if the RAV4 turns out to be wildly popular? No doubt this first edition of the RAV4 EV is aimed at early adopters of electric cars. However, given the popularity and production numbers of Toyota’s Prius, no doubt the plan is to eventually sell a lot of these vehicles worldwide, and for the price to come down as production ramps up.
Does this kind of more “normal” looking electric car appeal to you?