Toyota RAV4 EV

8 May, 2012 11:14am Luke Madden

Toyota announces all-electric RAV4 EV SUV, developed with the help of Tesla

Toyota has revealed the new Toyota RAV4 EV all-electric vehicle, but the newcomer will initially only be available in certain areas of California.

The RAV4 EV has been developed with the help of US sports car firm Tesla, and comes fitted with a 152bhp electric motor. In ‘Normal’ driving mode the EV accelerates from 0-60mph in 8.6 seconds but a ‘Sport’ mode lowers this time to exactly seven seconds. 

Charging the batteries from a specialised 240V output is the option of choice and will take around six hours, but a cable that can charge the car from a standard 120V US wall socket is also provided. A full charge will provide around 100 miles of range. 

To help distance the RAV4 EV from the standard combustion-engined models, the EV gets a restyled nose and a more aerodynamic underbody. Together, the tweaks help to make the newcomer the most aerodynamic SUV on sale. 

In the cabin no practicality has been lost, with identical boot space and rear legroom. The all-electric model also comes well equipped, with satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB socket, heated seats, sat-nav and an eight-inch touchscreen. 

The Toyota RAV4 EV goes on sale late in the summer with a price-tag of 49,800 USD, and Toyota is planning on selling 2,600 units over the next three years.