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 drive a RAV4 EV like a gas-only RAV4. you refuel with the same It takes at least 5 hours to charge the RAV4 EV, and that’s hooked up to a 40 amp/240 volt source. Connected to common, 12 volt household current, it can 44 hours or longer to charge. hopes that RAV4 EV will spring for a dedicated station, which will be at an installed price of around from Leviton .

Then the issue of range. Toyota at a driving range of 100 miles or from a standard charge. For drivers, that might be With diligent charging and management, 100 miles is a great for an around-town commuter car. is unleashing a barrage of power tools with the EV, including apps and onboard charging reminders. Still, an electric SUV not be right for everybody. My wife, for has difficulty keeping her cellphone I don’t know how she’d an SUV.

Price is another Toyota has chosen to sell EVs, as opposed to leasing, is Honda’s strategy with the Fit EV. with the incentives and tax breaks, a RAV4 EV will take a time to pay back its investment, when a gas-only 2012 starts at $22,650.

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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