Toyota RAV4 EV-A Review

0 comments, 13/08/2012, by , in Auto Reviews, Toyota

All New Electric Toyota with Class Leading Features

The Toyota RAV4 is among the favorite off-road vehicles of passionate and enthusiastic drivers who love to enjoy adventurous trips with added comfort. Are you fan of Toyota vehicles and waiting for some surprises? Get Ready to drive an exciting new and improved RAV4 EV that will be available at the end of summers.

Toyota division group vice president and general manager Bill Fay said, “The RAV4 EV’s driving performance, dynamics and cargo capacity are equal to or exceed the gas powered RAV4 V6. Arriving fully-equipped with an MSRP of $49,800, with available combined federal and state incentives of up to $10,000, the RAV4 EV is a practical, versatile option for the EV enthusiast.”

Toyota produced this stylish model in cooperation with Tesla Motors, Tesla specially designed its battery. Chief Engineer for Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing Greg Bernas said, “Developing the RAV4 EV with Tesla gave us the opportunity to work with a leading-edge Silicon Valley company. Tesla brought their EV Powertrain expertise and entrepreneurial spirit. We brought our customer – first focus and decades of production experience to the project. It wasn’t always an easy process but I think we succeeded in blending our strengths and learning from one another.”

The Creative team of engineers equipped RAV4 EV with class leading features of SUV and tried their best to make its interior outclass with full luxury features. Moreover other performance elements include improved aerodynamic styling and performance driven electric Powertrain.

Powertrain

You will have smoother driving experience because Toyota has equipped it with high quality liquid cool battery pack with thermal management system.

Driving Modes

You are free to choose between following driving modes i.e.

Normal: In normal mode, you can attain speed from 0-60mph in just 8.6 seconds.
Sport: In Sport mode you can move from 0 to 60mph in just 7 seconds.

Charging Modes

Toyota RAV4 EV offers following charging modes;

Standard: In this mode, the high capacity battery charges equal to 35kWh and you can travel up to 92 miles.
Extended: In this mode, you can utilize the full capacity of battery i.e. 41.8kWh and achieve and EPA ratings of 113 miles.

Exterior

The Exterior of this lavish vehicle is enhanced by Low Beam LED Headlights that produce wonderful results with a high beam halogen projector. You can also readjust the headlights according to the level/weight requirements.

Available Exterior Colors

Toyota RAV4 EV will be available in following colors;

  • Blizzard Pearl
  •  Shoreline Blue Pearl
  •  Classic Silver Metallic
  •  Super White

Interior

You will surely fall in love with this Toyota vehicle after enjoying a first ride, its interior offers you added comfort and this comfort is provided with adjustable and comfortable seats which can be adjusted according to body posture especially Driver seat can be adjusted in 6-ways. Cargo space is improved by rear seats that can be easily adjusted with reclining position. Its total cargo capacity is almost 74 cubic feet. Intellitouch Capacitive Touch Screen is the main interior feature of Toyota RAV4 EV.

Safety Features

Don’t worry! You can safely drive this RAV4 model because it is equipped with following high quality safety features;

  •  Advanced Side Airbags
  •  Active Headrests
  •  Roll Curtain Side Air Bags for 1st and 2nd Row
  •  STAR Safety System as standard feature

Moreover you can also avail the opportunity of Toyota Safety Connect on trial subscription basis for 3 years.

Executive Program Manager for Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing North America Sheldon Brown said, “A prime design target for all Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles featuring traction batteries is to maintain battery structural integrity and electrical isolation internal to the battery. The RAV4 EV battery and chassis are designed as a system to protect against battery ‘isolation loss’ during a crash, meaning the electrical energy is completely contained within the battery preventing any conductive path to the vehicle body. Electrical components and chassis are designed as a system to protect occupants, first responders and the battery pack itself.”

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