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RAV4 EV

Toyota recently outlined its policy to keep RAV4 EVs in service for as long as they are sustainable. Toyota was preparing in 2005 to crush the remaining RAV4-EVs coming off of lease, but yielded to a campaign launched by DontCrush.Com to keep the EVs on the road. (Earlier post.)

As a full electric zero-emission battery-powered vehicle, the RAV4 EV played an important role in the lineup of Toyota’s environmentally-advanced vehicles. From 1998 to 2003, RAV4 EV served as a rolling laboratory, contributing technologies that have been incorporated into Toyota’s hybrid vehicles which have gained wide accepted by consumers.

When the RAV4-EVs went on sale to the public in 2002, they carried a manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) of $42,000. However, a $9,000 incentive from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and a $4,000 IRS credit could bring the price below $30,000.

The RAV4 EV featured advanced nickel-metal hydride batteries, a reliable electric drivetrain, an early form of energy-saving regenerative braking, and a computerized power management system.

In its official statement on the cessation of production of the RAV4-EV, Toyota said:

Toyota believes that in order to have a positive environmental impact, a large number of consumers must embrace the technology. In order for this to happen, the vehicle must meet the lifestyle needs of, and be affordable to, the mass market. Although a significant marketing effort was undertaken for the RAV4-EV, we only sold about 300 vehicles a year.

The company now says that it is committed to keeping environmentally-advanced vehicles on the road as long as they are safe and it is practical to do so.

The RAV4 EV policy includes the following points:

    Toyota RAV4 EV
    Motor Permanent magnet
    Max. Power 50kW / 67 hp (3,100-4,600 rpm)
    Max. torque 190Nm / 140 lb-ft (0-1,500 rpm)
    Battery 288V NiMH
    Recharge time 6 hours
    Battery life 1,200+ Charging cycles
    Max. speed 78 mph (electronically limited)
    Max. range 126 miles (combined EPA)
    85 - 100 miles real world range
  • RAV4 EVs are not being removed from service based solely on age or lease expiration.

  • Retail lessees may renew their leases up to 60 months, then purchase their vehicles, or return them, at their option. Fleet lessees may extend their leases in renewable 12-month terms for as long as they are sustainable.

  • RAV4 EVs that are returned to Toyota and are determined to be supportable and safe to operate are redeployed. They may be leased to a new fleet customer, loaned to community groups, including national and state parks, or placed in the Toyota company fleet.

  • Determination of the usability of returned RAV4 EVs will be based on overall operational condition and exterior and interior condition.

  • RAV4 EVs that are taken out of service are used to ensure a supply of unique electronic used salvaged parts to assist our customers with their long term parts needs. This includes battery packs and modules as well as other high-cost components that are unique to the EV. Toyota has enlisted a third party to administer this long term parts salvage program.

  • After salvaging electronic parts, RAV4 EVs will undergo a thorough recycling process to maximize recovery of materials.

Comments

lensovet

actually, people weren't jailed for not returning their cars; the cars were just seized. the arrests came as a result of the protests in burbank when the EV1s were hauled off to the crusher.

fyi CO2

Anybody know when Toyota will hybridize the RAV4? Bet it would quickly surpass hybrid Highlander and Lexus SUV sales

patrick

Electric powered shovel:

http://www.phmining.com/equipment/shovels.html

Similar equipment is available. Trust me, the MSHA prefers that you DON'T use gasoline/diesel powered equipment when working a mine. In fact I don't think you can get gasoline or diesel powered equipment MSHA certified very easily at all.

BTW- The problems of getting raw materials and transport of finished product affects every type of renewable resource as well...so if they don't have electric powered equipment along the entire chain does that mean you won't develop any technology?

Chernobyl is what happens when you don't follow safety protocols and use faulty reactor design. How many reactor incidents have we had in the world in the last 30 years?

Nuclear is a viable and safe method to provide electricity in the interim for electric vehicles while we develop renewable resources.

If you removed every coal fired plant in the US and replaced it with an equal capacity of nuclear plants you would reduce radiation emissions in the US to 1/10 of what they are due to coal power plants.

odograph

I saw "Who killed the electric car?" today. I thought it was good, well balanced, etc.

It helps put the timeline back together for me, as I'd forgotten some of the events. One of the striking things, certainly, was that the EV-1 came out when gas was cheap. That allowed the EV foes a lot (too much) leverage. GM did a dumb thing, it will ultimately bite them harder than anyone else.

In the long run, I think we'll get EVs. They'll come by two paths: Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) and Plug-In Hyrbids. The balance of battery technology vs. oil prices will dictate their rate of advance.

JM

The only reason people are happier with hybrids are because it is the only cleaner choice. If the EV came back, I predict that people would buy them. It makes me angry that something very good was taken off the the market so oil companies and after market auto parts supply companies can keep us hostages.

James

Wasn't part of the reason the EV1's got scrapped because they couldn't pass crash tests so it would be illegal to sell them?

I'm pretty sure this doesn't apply to the Rav4 so why was Saint Toyota crushing them.

odograph

The crash test thing got zero mention in the movie. I'd say, if the above quote about an exception is true, that part was a done deal. Unless there is better documentation on that angle, I think I'll take it as a urban (or GM) myth.

no more wars

The state of Washington closed ALL its nuclear electric plants at a cost of $22 billion and is being sued by Wall Street for defaulting on its state issued bonds, leaving the holders hang, who else? Sweden closed all its nuclear electric plants and swallowed the cost at tax payers expense, who else? CA is decommissioning its only two plants at payers expense (really, check your bill), who else ?

Is this something the 'advocates' of nukes ignore or deny, or ignore and/or are ignorant of the laws of conservation of mass and energy, and/or think it's ok to take the public for suckers ?

James

http://www.carfax.com/car_safety/ratings/srr.cfm/year/1997/make/GM That shows that the EV1 didn't do crash tests.
You think cos and anti GM movie didn't mention it, it can't be true?

Rick

Perhaps the EV1 didn’t pass crash tests. On the other hand, Detroit doesn’t have a stellar record for pulling vehicles off the road when there are problems. Did the Pinto get pulled off the road and crushed? 27 people died because of their infamous explosions. How about GM pickups? Apparently there were 400 deaths and 2000 burns, yet these vehicles are still on the road. I really doubt GM’s sincerity in looking out for the consumer’s well being.

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2006/08/nhtsa_ford_fires.html

http://consumerlawpage.com/article/gm-exploding-tank.shtml

http://www.cs.rice.edu/~vardi/comp601/case2.htmlhttp://www.cs.rice.edu/~vardi/comp601/case2.html

http://www.jimadler.com/gas_tank_explosion.cfm

Bones

The only way we can get these viable EVs on the roads of the world is to take the responsibility of it happening on ourselves. Not doing something about an injustice is as bad as being involved in that action. John Wayland and his mates have the right Idea, they took an old leaded-fuelled car that was legal and converted it to run on electricity. This is something anyone can do in any country, just pick out a car do the conversion and offer the service to the people. I got the Holden Torana in mind for Australia. Its lightweight, has a history of being a popular car in the late 70's, they drive well (they raced the cars with great success) and parts are available still today.

Bones

The only way we can get these viable EVs on the roads of the world is to take the responsibility of it happening on ourselves. Not doing something about an injustice is as bad as being involved in that action. John Wayland and his mates have the right Idea, they took an old leaded-fuelled car that was legal and converted it to run on electricity. This is something anyone can do in any country, just pick out a car do the conversion and offer the service to the people. I got the Holden Torana in mind for Australia. Its lightweight, has a history of being a popular car in the late 70's, they drive well (they raced the cars with great success) and parts are available still today.

S. Mirza

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I think the RAV4 EV is a well-advanced version of hybrid cars and electric car - combined features and engineering system of the two made this car all well.

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