2013 Toyota RAV4 EV Pre-production Models Shown to Press

2013 RAV4 EV

In brief: The 2013 RAV4 EV from Toyota, built in conjunction with Tesla using Model S parts, was shown to the press in California in pre-production form.

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Make/Model: 2013 RAV4 EV
Manufacturer: Toyota

The word

The RAV4 is a compact SUV and was given a battery electric platform through a partnership with Tesla Motors using drive train components from the recently-released Model S electric car. Less than 2,600 RAV4 EVs will be produced in order to comply with California's requirements for zero emissions vehicles.

The RAV4 EV is the same as the RAV4 in its V6 iteration, but without the internal combustion engine and its accoutrements. The fenders have been modified to give the EV a distinctive look, but not enough that most people will realize that you're not in a regular gasoline-powered vehicle.

Despite sharing powertrain components with the Model S, the RAV4 EV has been significantly downsized in terms of power in order to shrink the battery pack and range to make the car more affordable. The pack is larger and somewhat heavier, but not as advanced as the Model S pack - it's a cheaper alternative from Tesla's provider, Panasonic.

The RAV4EV will only be sold in California and a handful of other CARB-compliant states. Its MSRP will be $49,800 before incentives.

And so ...

Another significant change? The RAV4 EV uses the standard J1772 charger plug rather than the proprietary Tesla plug.

Photo credits: Toyota

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