Toyota RAV4 EV
Toyota is bringing it’s RAV4 into the electric car circus, and with a MSRP of $49,800, it will likely be a cheaper alternative to the Tesla Model X crossover.
The new all-electric RAV4 is equipped with a 154-hp motor, which has two driving modes, Sport, and Normal. In the normal mode, the RAV4’s motor provides a maximum of 218 lb-ft of torque and is limited to a maximum speed of 85 mph. When Sport mode is enabled, the torque number spikes up to 273 lb-ft of torque and the RAV4 can get to a maximum speed of 100 mph.
The front-wheel drive RAV4 EV also gets surprisingly good 0-60 times for a 4,000 lb crossover. Sixty mph from a stop comes in 8.6 seconds in Normal mode, and 7.0 in sport mode.
Even with all that performance Toyota says that the RAV4 will be able to travel a distance of 100 miles on a single charge. That’s thanks to a 41.8 kWh, Tesla sourced battery. Charging times are estimated to be around 6-hours at the shortest, using the 240V charging station.
A LED lighting system helps reduce power consumption, and a low-drag body-kit helps the RAV4 get its impressive range.
Of course, Toyota knows that car buyers might be skeptical of the new technology. That’s why they have a pretty extensive battery warranty at 8-years/100,000 miles.