Toyota Rav4 EV review: electrifying — SFGate

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The Presidio park are nowhere in sight, so I punch the of Toyota ‘s all-electric EV.

It leaps past the stop like a spooked rabbit and up the steep, twisty road. overdone it, in fact, and the tires a bit.

Knew we could get you to do says Russ Mobley. manager for San Francisco Toyota, laughing in the passenger seat.

In the new of electric cars, the Rav4 may be the you’ve never heard of. It from one of the world’s largest and sports a drivetrain built by Motors, rock star of the world. And yet, outside the of electric enthusiasts, few drivers it exists.

You can buy it only in California. Toyota advertise it on TV. So far, the company has to building just 2,600. including some people who the Rav4 EV, say Toyota made it to comply with California that force automakers to zero-pollution cars.

Everyone it’s a wonderful car, Felix Kramer. founder of a plug-in vehicle advocacy Too bad there’s not enough.

That comes from experience.

made an electric version of the once before, building of the small SUVs between and 2003. Then the company the program, after California its zero-emission vehicle (ZEV)

Comfortable, plush

The new Rav4 EV, is a very different beast the old. It boasts ferocious plenty of power and a low center of thanks to the big battery pack in the floor. It’s not a luxury but the interior is comfortable and plush, out with a touch-screen and heated

Its predecessor, in contrast, was a strictly affair with minimal and squishy acceleration. If this is a car, it’s an impressive

Do we have to comply with Yes. Is this a compliance No, said Jana Hartline. communications manager for Toyota. We have made a bare-bones car would have complied ZEV, and we would have fine. But we didn’t. We made a car with Tesla Motors.

The new EV grew out of the same Toyota-Tesla that let Tesla buy the New United Manufacturing Inc. plant owned by a Toyota-GM joint in Fremont for a paltry $42 million.

The Rav4 EV is certainly less than a Tesla, although other electric cars, it cheap.

It lists at $49,800, but are eligible for both a $7,500 tax from the federal government and a rebate from the state. has also rolled out a series of incentives to boost sales, total 249 so far. Tesla’s luxurious Model S sells for to $94,900 before state and incentives are factored in.

Tesla the battery pack and power for the Rav4. And it shows.

On a 45-minute drive through the Presidio, the car curves with a confidence in sport utility vehicles. nimble and responsive in its standard mode. If you feel the need for power, however, simply a button marked sport on the of the dash. The dashboard displays from blue to red, and there’s a noticeable strength in move the car makes.

The sport mode also the car’s top speed from 85 to 100 We didn’t try that in the Presidio. so inclined can take the Rav4 EV a standstill to 60 mph in 7 seconds. We didn’t try either.

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The car gets a solid 125 on a fully charged battery and an easy-to-read number on the dash reminds you how many miles you left. That range depending on how much you’re the air conditioning or the heater, but the car gives you options for keeping cool managing the drain on the battery.

holy grail for me’

Jay Friedland has taken his Rav4 EV his home in Santa Cruz to San International Airport and back recharging — a round of almost 125 miles. The car still had 10 miles of range left by the he said.

That was like the grail for me, said Friedland, the director for Plug In America, electric car advocacy group. I the car in so many ways.

Friedland one of the original Rav4 EVs, letting it go after he got the new version months ago. He was fanatically to the older Rav4, hundreds of still roam the roads. But he the new one a blast to drive, comparable in to a Tesla.

It’s exhilarating, said. It really is a Model S in a Toyota package.

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List price: $49,800 $7,500 tax credit and $2,500 rebate)

Range: 125 miles per

0-60 mph: 7 seconds in mode, 8.6 seconds in standard

Top speed: 100 mph in sport mode, 85 mph in mode

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