Toyota RAV4 EV Coming to Market in 2012
This week a slew of stories were posted by various publications incorrectly reporting on the pending Toyota RAV4 EV and Scion iQ.
Rather than repeat the error and add to any potential confusion, here is the correct story direct from Toyota today.
“Recent reports have incorrectly stated that the 2012 RAV4 EV will only be marketed to fleet and car sharing programs. We’d like to set the record straight. The 2012 RAV4 EV will definitely be sold to the general public. We anticipate robust public interest in the RAV4 EV and are keen to inform consumers that their future vehicle options include a battery electric Toyota.
Toyota is the only manufacturer bringing two battery electric vehicles to the market in 2012 – the RAV4 EV and the Scion iQ EV. While the RAV4 EV will be available to the public, the Scion iQ EV will be marketed to fleet and car sharing programs only.
Multiple reports have been corrected on various automotive blog sites.”
As we previously reported, the RAV4 looks like a reasonably performing vehicle. It was co-developed with Tesla and was first shown at last year’s LA Auto Show.
Range is an estimated 100 miles and acceleration is said to be 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.
Although Toyota will only make the Scion iQ available through fleet and car sharing programs when it is released, perhaps this is just as well.
The vehicle reportedly will deliver an estimated 50-65 miles travel before its lithium ion battery is discharged. This is somewhat lower than the Mitsubishi i electric city car due in November.
We still do not have prices or release dates for the RAV4 or Scion iQ.