Toyota has finally revealed the all-electric version of the RAV4 at the Electric Vehicle Symposium held in Los Angeles. The 2013 RAV4 EV was the product of the partnership between Toyota and Tesla Motors. Toyota used the older version of the RAV4 that was first developed almost six years ago. Tesla has provided the electric motor and the battery pack used in the vehicle.
According to Toyota, the RAV4 EV is powered by an electric motor supplied by Tesla and this would be offered as a front-wheel drive SUV. The electric motor which is used as the power source of the vehicle could generate a maximum power output of up to 154 horsepower. In addition to this, the vehicle is also capable of running Sport or Normal mode. This simply means that the driver could easily change the driving mode of the vehicle depending on his or her driving preference.
When driven in Sport mode, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV could easily sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7 seconds. The vehicle could also travel at a maximum speed of 100 miles in this mode. The Normal mode on the other hand allows the RAV4 EV to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.6 seconds, a bit slower compared to that of the sport mode. Its maximum speed in this mode is estimated to be around 85 miles per hour.
The electric motor used on the RAV4 EV extracts the power stored on the battery pack which is also supplied by Tesla. This is directly connected to the electric motor and mounted low on the vehicle’s center. The battery pack allows the RAV4 EV to travel at an estimated maximum driving range of 100 miles. The estimated charging time of the vehicle is about six hours using a 240-volt/40-ampere charger. Toyota offers an 8-year or 100,000 miles warranty for the RAV4 EV’s battery. This warranty provides an assurance that Toyota is willing to handle the cost of the repairs in the event that the battery gets damaged within the warranty period.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV will start arriving at the company’s showrooms in the US this summer. Each of these will be sold with an MSRP of $49,800. However, this figure would possibly decrease due to federal and state incentives offered by the government to electric car buyers. By spending this amount, a buyer is given the chance to gain ownership of an all-electric RAV4 which is equipped with a revised front bumper, re-styled lower and upper grill, and LED daytime running lights. The RAV4 EV also offers an upgraded instrument panel and the same amount of interior space. Toyota plans to produce about 2,600 units of the 2013 RAV4 EV in three years with Tesla handling the development of the vehicle’s driveline.