2013 Toyota RAV4 EV Test Drive and Review — Electric and Effective — Forbes

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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV Drive and Review — and Effective

There may be an electric in your future, maybe in the near future. The technology is very quickly, as auto rush to meet the strictures of the Environmental Protection Agency Air Board’s (CARB) zero-emissions program. Toyota checks in its latest electric vehicle, and an SUV: The 2013 Toyota EV. I got a chance to drive a few preproduction of the RAV4 EV, 2,600 of which arrive on select California lots with a list of $49,800 — after government and tax breaks, an effective $40,000.

The EV is the result of a partnership between and electric car maker Tesla. it’s the result of a relationship Toyota Motor Corporation’s Akio Toyoda and Tesla’s Product Architect and CEO, Musk. The two men met in May of 2010 and decided their two companies should an electric vehicle together, tossed their engineering and development staffs into the The first thing the engineers up with was a new acronym, E-FAST, stands for “Early Field and Testing” — that’s what do, create acronyms. In order to track the collaboration, they to use the existing RAV4 platform, than developing a new vehicle scratch. Toyota engineers the lead. The end result is an all-electric SUV a motor based on the system in the Model S sedan. If that simple, don’t be fooled — it is an feat of engineering and collaboration, in such a short period of

The RAV4 EV looks very like a gasoline-powered RAV4, some cool revisions. The EV a new front grille; some new revised, more aerodynamic a deeper roof spoiler; LED headlights and daytime running (DRL); LED taillamps and a sleek, underbody, among other changes. Each change is to improve air flow or reduce consumption, and the subtle sum total is a that looks much contemporary and sleek. I wonder if any of mods will migrate to the gas

The RAV4 EV will be available in a color palette of four exterior colors: White, White, Steel Blue and No Electric Banana Yellow EVs to be had — yet.

RAV4 EV gets a new eco-friendly interior, with a very pattern that looks something you’d find in a vehicle (that’s a compliment). front seats are electrically which seems like a feature, but is actually another eco according to Toyota. It takes a lot of to warm the air in the RAV4′s cabin, and it a while, too. You get a much sense of warmth and comfort heated seats, and for a fraction of the cost. The RAV4′s HVAC is smart enough to read the temperature and automatically turn on the heaters with the heater There’s no corresponding action for but there are two energy-saving modes for the air system. Unless you’re in a climate, the ECO modes will serve to keep you comfortable, conserving energy.

The driver instrument panel, gear and information screens on the EV have changed from the gas version. The IP is a transistor (TFT) screen, and it a lot of information to the driver in easy to chunks. A big 8″ color display the top of the center stack, carrying audio, communications and vehicle information. Many of the traditional knobs and buttons, especially for have been eliminated, their functions nested the touch screen display. I’d to live with this for a before I became totally with its operation — sometimes nice to have a knob on the that’s dedicated to turning the radio volume or searching for a The center stack controls remain have been to touch controls. The whole is clean, crisp and relatively tech.

RAV4 EV’s gear will be very familiar to drivers. An unconventional joystick, the is located in the traditional center position. A pushbutton electronic brake sits just aft of the The electric motor is capable of 154 hp and 218 lb-ft in Normal mode, is good for a top speed of 85 mph. A in the center stack allows the to engage and disengage Sport which gives access to the full range of torque, up to 273 and a top speed of 100 mph. The EV defaults to Normal mode each it is turned off. Engaging mode changes the background of the TFT display to red from the Normal relaxing blue background. It without saying (but say it anyway) that driving in Sport mode and accessing torque at every opportunity significantly diminish battery

Electric vehicles can be a lot of fun to drive, their instant torque and silent operation. RAV4 EV is fun, especially when to the gasoline version. The EV has a lower of gravity because of where the are mounted, and it leaps off the line enough power to spin the on its front wheels until the from the traction control kicks in.

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The good news the RAV4 EV is that it is a very SUV that just happens to be by electricity. There’s no sacrifice in of utility or ease of use. You need to do anything special to the EV effectively — just drive. And a good thing.

While you can a RAV4 EV just like a RAV4. you can’t refuel the same ease. It takes at 5 hours to fully charge the EV, and that’s when hooked up to a 40 volt power source. to common, 12 amp/120 volt current, it can take 44 hours or to charge. Toyota hopes RAV4 EV buyers will for a dedicated charging station, will be available at an installed of around $1,500 from .

Then there’s the issue of Toyota hinted at a driving of 100 miles or more from a charge. For many drivers, might be plenty. With charging and power management, 100 is a great range for an around-town car. Toyota is unleashing a of power management tools the EV, including smartphone apps and charging schedule reminders. an electric SUV might not be right for My wife, for instance, has difficulty her cellphone charged. I don’t how she’d manage an SUV.

is another challenge. Toyota has to sell RAV4 EVs, as to leasing, which is Honda’s with the Fit EV. Even with the and tax breaks, a $49,800 RAV4 EV take a long time to pay its investment, especially when a 2012 RAV4 starts at

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV is a feat of engineering and collaboration companies. It ups the ante for the early trumping the Prius crowd in the eco I hope that all 2,600 EVs sell quickly so that we can get to the round of development — a truly and practical battery-powered SUV. The EV is an important step in the right

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