There are a couple more interesting facts to add about the Toyota RAV4 EV introduced in CA last September. Most importantly, the 2012 RAV4 EV is NOT the first SUV, but Toyota still had the first electrified SUV, also known as the RAV4 EV. It was 100% electric with a NiMH battery pack, range of ~100 miles, and close to 1500 were sold in the U.S. from 1997 to 2003.
The "new" 2012 RAV4 EV has the following added distinctions:
1. It is the world's most aerodynamic SUV with a Cd of 0.30.
2. It has two battery charging modes, standard and extended, which respectively replenishes 35 and 41.8kWH of "useable" battery capacity.
3. It has an equal amount of FWD torque as the VOLT, 273ft-lbs, as well as a "sport" driving mode that uses all that power.
4. It has a top speed of 100 mph, same as the VOLT.
5. In CA, it qualifies for a $7500 federal tax credit and a $2500 state rebate, both combined is $1000 more than the VOLT.
6. It is 100% full electric - no gas engine - yet still has a maximum range on par with the Tesla Model S-40, ~160 miles.
7. Only 2600 will be built (in Canada) only for sale in CA, because Toyota needed for a "compliance" car to meet CA ZEV mandate.
8. There is no loss in rear cargo capacity. It still has 73 cubic ft, same as the standard RAV4; a great grocery getter or family car.
9. It weighs 4032lbs (~250 more than a VOLT, but can accelerate faster); Toyota claims zero to 60 in 7 seconds flat. The battery pack and drivetrain are both of Tesla proprietary designs.
10. There are essentially no options at an MSRP of $49,800, but current buyers are getting $6000 off sticker AND 0% APR financing from Toyota.
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