Rav4 EV To Be Unveiled May 7

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., has announced it will debut the all new RAV4 EV at the 26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) in Los Angeles.

Toyota’s news conference will be held on Monday, May 7. EVS26 will be held May 6 to 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More info on this conference can be found at www.evs26.org.

This electric version of the RAV4 will be built at Toyota’s plant in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.

The RAV 4 EV was first shown at the 2010 LA Auto Show. Its range was them estimated at 100 miles and acceleration was said to be equal to the gasoline-powered RAV4, despite a weight penalty of 220 pounds.

As we reported here, the RAV4 EV was co-developed with Tesla and was first shown at last year’s LA Auto Show.

Performance is reportedly decent, consisting of 100-mile range and acceleration equal to the gasoline-powered RAV4, despite a weight penalty of 220 pounds. Like the Scion iQ, the RAV4 EV does not let its batteries impede interior space and will retain its full 74 cubic feet of cargo room.

We do not have exact pricing information on this vehicle as of yet.

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  • Van

    Hopefully this is not yet another first generation 70 mile real world range EV.

  • Nelson Lu

    An electric car that only accelerates as fast as its gas counterpart is not going to perform well. Given the nature of electric motors, its acceleration should be at a higher rate unless the motor is really seriously underpowered.

  • Shines

    A $50000 SUV with a range of 100 miles?!? May be good for somebody, certainly not me…

  • Richod

    Shines – I totally agree. While I really would like an electric, paying $50,000 for the Rav4 EV – while the non-electric Rav goes for only $25,000 just doesn’t make economic sense. I’m hoping Toyota will come in with a subsidized price initially, to spur adoption.

    Shame on Washington State for planning to charge early adopters of electric cars a road use fee (in lieu of gas taxes). When most states are giving incentives to encourage buyers into pricey electrics, WA is fighting the trend and throwing up roadblocks.

  • Max Reid

    Despite all roadblocks, Washington state is getting many EV charging stations. Nationwide there are 9,000 stations now.

    If any state wants to charge like that for EVs, then they should charge Tolls according to vehicle weight instead of Flat Tolls, since heavier vehicles apply more stress on roads.

    Infact a company called Weigh In Motion (WIM) has scales which can find vehicles weight when it comes near Toll booth.