Not so long ago we have received RAV4 electric vehicle and according to reports it seems that the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Electric will be also delivered to the market. This could happen in the next few months after the official launch and presentation of new model.
We were able to see the redesigned standard RAV4 last year and it was interesting to see that the EV model did not follow it and received changes. At this point we still do not have details about the possible redesign and changes. If everything remains the same it will be interesting to see will this vehicle be able to attract additional number of buyers.
2015 Toyota RAV4 Electric Specs
One of the things that certainly is the advantage of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Electric is the fact that this is the first and only all electric SUV. This vehicle is a result of cooperation of Toyota and Tesla Motors. It is quite obvious that Tesla Motors provided battery pack and entire powertrain. Expected range is about 100 miles or 160 km per charge and using the 240 Volt 40 A charger it needs about six hours to recharge. Also it is possible to recharge over the standard outlet but that will take significantly longer.
There are two driving modes available from this vehicle and this is expected to remain same like before. Both Sport and Normal modes offer good performances and the acceleration from 0 to 60 in Sport mode is about 7 seconds when the max speed is about 100 mph. In the Normal mode this time is about 8.6 seconds while the max speed is limited to 85 mph. Looking at the setup of this vehicle we know that the max power it can deliver is 154 hp which is quite good and offers better acceleration times than a similarly powered gasoline version.
Like with the previous model we are getting slight improvements to the aerodynamics and now drag coefficient is about 0.30 Cd, when this is combined with low center of gravity it is expected that again this model will offer great handling. Things like LED low beam projector headlights and halogen projector high beams it is possible to achieve slightly higher efficiency. Main differences will include few additional badges and redesigned front grille that will have slightly different function since there will be no air ducts that are needed to supply and cool down the engine.
Review Of Toyota RAV4 Electric
Interior comes similar with standard model but there are few features that on a standard gasoline version are offered as optional only and in this one comes as a standard. Things like Entune, Bluetooth audio, AM/FM radio, USB port and similar are offered as a standard. Also the eight inch display is here to provide all the most important information’s about vehicle systems and similar. This capacitive touchscreen will also bring things like navigation, EV drive info, telematics and similar.
One of the things that many will not like is the fact that the price of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Electric will go to more than $50.000. This is pretty high but have in mind the benefits like no fuel bill, lower maintenance costs, zero tailpipe emissions, 8 year battery warranty and similar. We expect to see Tesla Mode X delivered pretty soon and it could significantly reduce the possibility of Toyota to take a decent amount of sales.