1997-2003 Toyota RAV4-EV

Even though you can no longer buy one of these, it was a bold step by Toyota to produce for the American market what will eventually be the way most cars will be powered. Most people are not even aware that there was a full-size 100% battery electric vehicle on the market.

They were a few years ahead of their time as far as public acceptance, but primarily because of the prohibitive cost of the NiMH (nickel metal hydride) battery pack once it had outlived its ability to be recharged. The battery would have cost more than the vehicle was worth at the time of replacement, so most of them were actually retired once the battery would no longer hold a charge. New battery construction techniques, as well as new material selection, will solve this problem for current and future EV’s.

Of the 2,000+ that came off the assembly line, about 800 are still being driven today. One is known to have survived 150,000 miles on the original battery.

July, 2010, Toyota announced that they are working together with Tesla to build a new all-electric version of the RAV4-EV. The totally redesigned all electric SUV is scheduled to begin production for the 2012 model year.

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