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Toyota RAV4 EV To Debut At EV Symposium In May

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On: Tue, May 1, 2012 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota RAV4 EV To Debut At EV Symposium In May

In a short media advisory this week, Toyota announced that it will debut the 2013 RAV4 EV at the 2012 Electric Vehicle Symposium next week. The RAV4 EV will add a bit more size and utility to the fledgling EV market.

The new RAV4 EV will look much different from the original RAV4 EV, which Toyota launched all the way back in 1997. Toyota received help from Tesla with the powertrain underpinning the upcoming RAV4 electric. Toyota says that powertrain offers about 100 miles of range and acceleration comparable to the V-6 RAV4. The RAV4 EV is supposed to hit the market sometime this year, and we expect Toyota should give more details during next week's press conference.

Toyota has been testing a RAV4 EV demonstration vehicle. That model is distinguished from the gas RAV4 by subtle updates like a distinct front fascia with its own grille, bumper and headlights.

The RAV4 EV will add a large, practical presence to an EV market dominated by small cars. Toyota says it did not have to sacrifice any cargo space in converting the RAV4 to an electric powertrain, so the production model could boast the same 73 cu. ft. of cargo space as the gas model. Toyota doesn't mention if it will offer an all-wheel-drive version, but that would certainly be an attractive addition.

The International Electric Vehicle Symposium takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 6 through the 9. Toyota will hold its press conference on Monday, May 7 at 12 noon. Other exhibitors will include Nissan/Infiniti, Mitsubishi and charging station manufacurers like AeroVironment.


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