Electric RAV4 SUV by Toyota

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The new electric version of RAV4 SUV from Toyota Motor Corp. will cost around $49,800 and will be for sale this summer. RAV4 will be eligible for $7,500 federal tax.  However the cost is more than double the commencing price for the gas version.

This electric SUV can go for 100 miles on a single charge. It takes six hours to recharge using a 240 -volt charger.

This Launch by Toyota has broadened the choice of electric vehicles for US buyers. Till now the only options available were for small cars like Nissan Leaf and sports cars from Tesla Motors. RAV4 is the first electric SUV. Tesla designed and build its battery by an agreement made two years ago.

Toyota expects to sell a modest 2600 RAV4 EVs over the next three years. It sold more than 1500 gas powered RAV4 in April. Toyota believes that it will attract the early techno savvy crowd who are appreciative of performance and are also concerned for the environment. It is eager to see how it is received by the market.

As vehicles will be available only in certain markets, sales will be limited. It will be available for sale in California, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The high cost of RAV4 EVs could harm sales. It is higher by $14,600 than Nissan Leaf and $10,000 higher than the cost of electric Ford Focus or the Chevrolet Volt.

Sales of electric vehicles have not taken flight as expected in the US due to the limited charging infrastructure.

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One Response to Electric RAV4 SUV by Toyota

  1. Jhomer says:

    1. They are more efficient than cmbsuotion engines, they always provide maximum torque, and don’t require a transmission.2. They can accelerate faster than ANY car that runs on gas (look up videos of electric cars smoking Ferraris!).3. Oil is only getting more expensive, and the price of oil will outpace the speed that we can make cars more oil efficient. Electric cars are the only long-term cheap method of transportation.4. Electric cars have been running on U.S. roads and highways for over a decade without problem (check out the Rav4-EV)5. Hydrogen isn’t safe. For hydrogen cars, you take electricity and convert it into hydrogen, and then convert it back into electricity, why not just store the electricity in a battery?6. 100% Electric cars are lighter than hybrids (no cmbsuotion engine, no transmission), they also have a lower center of gravity and better handling.7. Electric cars cost more than 25% less to maintain (less parts)8. In 2008, U.S. spent $600 billion on oil, over 2/3 of which was imported and accounted for 30-59% of u.s. trade deficit. Electric cars could pump money back into the country and revitalize the economy. As we became less dependent on oil, we could stop purchasing it from unfriendly governments which threaten us, and we would have to spend less military power protecting our oil infrastructure, meaning we would be a richer and safer country.9. Although jobs will be lost if we start moving towards electric cars, jobs will also be created. A new study released estimates the net change in jobs would be 13,000 250,000 new jobs created.10. There are too many more reasons to fit in a list of ten. The price of healthcare would go down, cities would be quieter, the electric grid is already at a capacity to handle charging electric cars, electric cars are fun If electric cars are great, why aren’t they more popular? Car companies can’t access the best battery packs for electric cars (high powered NiMH batteries) because Chevron owns the patents for them and refuses to license them. Before Chevron owned the patent, GM and Toyota both had 100% electric cars that worked great. We need to demand the government force Chevron to license these batteries. There are plenty of places to learn more about electric cars on the internet, and elsewhere. I recommend the movie “Who killed the electric car?” and the book “Two cents per mile” by Nevres Cefo. If nothing else, remember that electric cars could be more than luxury vehicles- that they could change the way we think about transportation.

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