The RAV4 EV was revealed at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles and shows another vehicle heading the way of the electric motor. Toyota have noted that the RAV4 EV does not compromise on performance, comfort or versatility, showing how modern electric vehicles will compete as the technology improves.
The Toyota RAV4 EV is the only all-electric SUV currently on the market and comes with a driving range of around 160km. On a 240v charger the RAV4 EV takes about 6 hours to fully charge. The car will be controlled with 2 drive modes; Sport and Normal. In Sport mode it completes 0-100km/h in around 7 seconds and has a max speed of 160 km/h. In normal mode acceleration drops to 8.6 seconds and a max speed of 137 km/h.
There are some styling changes as well compared to the petrol RAV4, the front bumper, upper and lower grille, side mirrors, rear spoiler and under body have all been restyled. The new styling was not just for aesthetics though, as the new sections are all optimized for air flow around the vehicle.
The Toyota RAV4 EV is set to go on sale in the U.S. and there are no plans for the vehicles release in South Africa.