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Available in late summer fully-equipped from $49,800
All-New Toyota RAV4 EV with Sport and Normal modes
0-60 mph in 8.6 or 7.0 sec. and top speed of 85 or 100 mph

All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV (electric vehicle): front-side view.

Driving range rating of approximately 100 miles (161 km).

08 May 2012, Tony Kanaan: Toyota revealed yesterday the all-new electric version of its RAV4 small SUV (in North American standards), at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles, before it goes on sale in late summer as a 2013 model year, fully-equipped with a U.S. MSRP of $49,800 (equivalent to about 38,000 euros at the current rates).

Comparatively, the base MSRP of the gasoline (petrol) 2012 RAV4 ranges from $22,650 (does not include the DPH, delivery, processing and handling fee) for the four-cylinder front-wheel drive model (2.5-litre, 179 hp, 133 kW, 181 PS) with a four-speed automatic transmission, to $28,650 for the 3.5-litre V6 (petrol, 269 HP, 201 kW) powered RAV4 4WD Limited version with a five-speed automatic transmission.

All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV (electric vehicle): rear-side view.

Low coefficient of drag (Cd of 0.30) and low centre of gravity.

The 2013 RAV4 EV will go on sale initially in four major California metropolitan markets including Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles/Orange County and San Diego. Sales volume is expected around 2,600 units over the next three years.

The top Japanese carmaker says that the new RAV4 EV comes with an expected driving range rating of approximately 100 miles (about 161 km) and charging time of approximately six hours on a 240V/40A charger, adding that the "driving performance, dynamics and cargo capacity are equal to or exceed the 3.5-litre V6 powered RAV4."

All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV (electric vehicle): interior.

Eight-inch capacitive touch screen with a graphic display.

As a product of the collaboration with Tesla Motors, the compact (in European dimensions classification) RAV4 EV SUV finished product comes to market twenty-two months after the project announcement in July 2010, when Toyota Motor Corporation and Tesla Motors jointly announced an agreement to develop an all-electric version of the RAV4, with the intent to bring the vehicle to market in 2012.

Before that, the two companies started by announcing in May 2010 their collaboration to develop electric vehicles, parts, production systems and engineering support.

All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV (electric vehicle): cargo compartment with folded rear seats.

Total cargo capacity of 73 cu. ft (2067 litres).

In November 2010, Toyota revealed the RAV4 EV Phase Zero prototype at LA Auto Show, three months before Tesla began delivery of 31 converted RAV4 EV Phase Zero demonstration program vehicles (Feb. 2011).

Last August, Toyota/Tesla announced RAV4 EV manufacturing location at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc., Woodstock, Ontario.


Thus, the RAV4 EV combines a Tesla designed and produced battery and electric powertrain.

The front wheel drive RAV4 EV allows drivers to select from Sport and Normal drive modes.

All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV (electric vehicle): instruments display.

The dash display colour illuminates red when in sport mode.

In Sport mode, the RAV4 EV should accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 7.0 seconds, with a maximum speed of 100 mph (just under 161 km/h).

Normal mode achieves 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds with a maximum speed of 85 mph (137 km/h).

To draw attention to the driving mode, the dash display colour illuminates red when the vehicle is operating in sport mode and blue in normal driving mode (see above picture).

Maximum output from the electric powertrain is announced at 115kW (154 HP or BHP, 156 PS) at 2,800 rpm.


All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV (electric vehicle) charging.

Shortest charge time of approximately six hours.

On the body side, Toyota promises a smooth, quiet ride with comfortable handling due in part to the new RAV4 EV low coefficient of drag (Cd of 0.30) and low centre of gravity, thanks to the low position of the battery pack, to the centre of the vehicle. Compared with the gasoline (petrol) powered RAV4, the front bumper, upper and lower grill, side mirrors, rear spoiler, and under body design were re-styled to maximize air flow around the vehicle.

From the outside, the RAV4 EV features LED low beam projector headlights with halogen projector high beams and five vertical LEDs for the daytime running lights.

All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV (electric vehicle): Leviton charger.

Leviton provides different charging solutions.

The rear combination lights are LEDs accented by a specific light smoke outer lens. Other exterior differentiating touches (from the gasoline versions) include new exterior emblems on the front, rear and the front door panel with the Toyota “environmental blue” signature.

The RAV4 EV will be available in Blizzard White Pearl, Shoreline Blue Pearl and Classic Silver Metallic exterior colours.


Inside, the six-way adjustable driver’s seat includes variable front seat heaters, extending the heater coverage to the occupant’s upper back. The split reclining rear seats (with folding centre arm rest) fold flat to increase cargo space, with a total cargo capacity equivalent to the conventional RAV4 of 73 cu. ft (2067 litres).

The eight-inch capacitive touch screen with a graphic display features navigation, telematics, and EV drive information and settings designed specifically for the RAV4 EV. Entune is standard (with three year complimentary access to Entune services) along with SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with 3-month trial subscription to XM Select package), AM/FM radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, and USB port with iPod connectivity.

As Toyota’s approved electric vehicle supplier equipment, Leviton provides different charging solutions. For the shortest charge time of approximately six hours, Leviton offers a custom 240V (Level 2), 40A, 9.6 kW output charging station (more information at The RAV4 EV comes equipped with a 120V (Level 1) emergency charging cable for instances when the recommended 240V (Level 2) charging is not available. The battery warranty is 8 years or 100,000 miles (161,000 kms).


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