Toyota RAV4 EV – 103 Miles Of Range, 76 MPGe. On Sale September 24th – $599 Lease Offer

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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV, Powered By Tesla – Lease For $599*

Toyota announced today its all electric RAV4 EV will go on sale Monday, September 24th, and it has been officially rated by the EPA to have a range of 103 miles.

Only 44 Hours To Full Charge From A Typical Household Outlet

Also the electric SUV received a 76 combined MPGe rating (78 city/74 highway), much lower than the other electric players in the market, but this was expected due to the size of the vehicle, its large electric motor, and relatively non-aerodynamic features.

Thankfully, 41.8 kWh of lithium battery pack can more than make up for this disadvantage, giving the RAV4 EV the longest range of anything at (or below) its price range.

Toyota’s suggested retail price has not changed from earlier estimates at $49,800, but Toyota has offered some attractive financing/leasing options to soften the sticker shock:

Special purchase financing of 1.9 percent APR is available for qualified customers, as well as a 36 month lease option at $599 per month with $3,499 drive off. Sales volume is planned for approximately 2,600 units through 2014.”

Toyota RAV4 EV Interior

Sales will first take place at select Californian dealers, with a focus on “major metropolitan markets.”  Clearly, given the statement that Toyota will be selling the electric-ute into 2014, they are in no rush to sell them, so any future deals or improved incentives will be non-existent.

If you do plan to purchase the RAV4 EV, it is expected to qualify for the  $2,500 rebate through the CVRP program (Clean Vehicle Rebate Program) in California, and also qualifies for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit.

2013 RAV4 EV Badging

Like other full electric vehicles that have come before it (LEAF, i-MiEV, Model S), the Toyota RAV4 EV qualifies for the California High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) white sticker program.

In addition to 103 miles of range, the RAV4 EV can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in about 7 seconds while boasting 73 cu ft of cargo space.   The motor in the RAV4 EV can deliver 154 hp and 273 ft.-lbs of torque to the front wheels.

As for charging, you are going to need some meatier equipment than just plugging into a 120v wall outlet with a 41.8 kWh battery pack:

“Toyota’s approved electric vehicle supplier equipment provider is Leviton. Leviton offers multiple options for charging solutions. For the shortest charge time of approximately six hours, Leviton offers a custom 240V (Level 2), 40A, 9.6 kW output charging station. For more information visit The vehicle comes equipped with a 120V (Level 1) 12A charging cable for instances when the recommended 240V (Level 2) charging is not available.

Just how long does it take to do a full charge from a standard outlet?  Toyota quotes a time of 44 hours.   Ouch.

The next generation of Toyota RAV4 is due out as a model year 2015, and Toyota has hinted it may offer an all electric version that is less of a CARB compliance offering and more of a mainstream production model.

Interesting video of the RAV4 EV (and Smart Energy Management) put out recently by Toyota ESQ today:

Read Toyota’s official financing press release here.

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12 Comments on "Toyota RAV4 EV – 103 Miles Of Range, 76 MPGe. On Sale September 24th – $599 Lease Offer"

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Is it or will it be 4 wheel drive?


You’d think so with that MPGe, but nope, offered in FWD only.

Well, it is kind of tall and it doesn’t have the same low drag coefficient. Would love to see it on the East Coast.

Add 50kW+ QC and an option for AWD, and I’d love one!

With a 10kW onboard charger it will charge in about 5 hours, not bad for a huge battery pack. There is also some interesting details about the range missing from the article. The 103 miles per charge isn’t the end of the story. Tesla/Toyota has two charge settings on the vehicle. One setting is normal mode and will only charge the RAV 4 to about 80% charged. This is the vehicles default setting. In this mode the 5 cycle EPA test averaged around 93/95 miles per charge. But you can also select the extended range mode which allows a higher percentage of the battery to be utilized and the EPA rating in the mode was 113. They basically used 103 because it was in the middle of the range achieved in the two settings. So most people would probably use the RAV 4 in normal setting on a daily basis and on days they knew they had to drive further they would set it to extended range and it would add around 20 miles to the range. You probably wouldn’t want to charge it fully every day because I’m guessing it would have a long term effect and bring on… Read more »
Thats a good point. I’d change the article to add that info…but I am not wearing my editor cap today and I am feeling quite lazy, (= — About this 80%/100% charge thing…I have mixed feelings. I understand why it is done, and the benefit to the manufacturer, but nobody really knows how much range they might need over the course of a day, stuff happens. These EVs have crazy low ranges already. I don’t think many people would be comfortable leaving home with an 1/8 of a tank of gas, and that is really what we are doing with EVs at this point, making 80% of 1/8th is even worse. If Tesla, Toyota, Chevy or Nissan thought you should use 20% less to gain a significant advantage, then they should have build it in imo. I think they are hedging bets on hot climates and on fast charging, and it is giving ‘normal’ people a complex. I’m doing a little ‘mini study’ with a 2011 LEAF. All 100% charges, all on 120v in a normalized climate. Up to 34K now, averaging 93 miles per day. Last battery check, I had just over 95% of original capacity. I think the… Read more »

Jay, I’d agree if we were talking about a LEAF or other EV with a ~75 mile range, but the normal mode on the RAV 4 will deliver offer 90 miles consistently which is what I have become used to with 3 1/2 years of driving the MINI-E and now the ActiveE. That extra 20 miles is BIG. I drive a lot (over 30k per year) and the 90-100 mile range is perfect for about 90% of my daily needs. If I could on certain get an extra 20 miles per charge then it would be good for 90-98% of my daily driving needs. I do know ahead of time what days I’ll be driving a little more and I could set the charge rate the night before if I had it. Everyone is different, and had different needs but I would love this option.

I am interested in your test Jay.

I can give you my experience to compare against. 100% L2 every night (must have to make my round trip to work) and QC 1 – 2 times per week. I live in Houston so 90+ degrees for 3 – 4 months a year.

After 25k miles I am somewhere around 80% capacity (2 bars gone, 3rd will be very soon), so I pretty much have to hyper-mile to make my trip to work and back. Need to find L1 charging near work soon…

Be careful extrapolating these battery life results though. We should be measuring charge rate non-dimensionally by battery capacity. i.e. LEAF L2 3.3 kW / 21.7? kWh (I can’t remember the exact usable) = .15 C. LEAF L3 50 kW / 21.7 = 2.3 C OUCH!

Model S single charger would be 10 kW / 78? kWh = .13 C. So even if you ignore the incredibly important thermal management, Tesla proves again, Bigger is Better.

Take that, LEAF!

What kind of range would the Rav have with even a little more attention to aerodynamics? Making an “electric version” of an existing model can introduce non-trivial handicaps not found in a dedicated design.

This car seems to be well positioned to be a success for its purpose (meet California’s CARB mandates for zero emissions), and perhaps a step towards a future Toyota “LEAF”. I suspect Toyota will market this as a “100 mile” car that can actually drive 100 miles, which is a sharp contrast to Nissan’s advertising for a 100 mile car that can rarely be driven that far (typical average consumer driving is closer to the 73 mile EPA range of the LEAF than anything even close to 100 miles). In addition, Toyota has wisely partnered with Tesla to provide a battery pack that is everything that the Nissan LEAF pack is not; big enough to meet the range expectation (100 miles) and robust enough (with a battery temperature management system) to maintain that range for the expected life cycle of the vehicle. In addition, this battery pack should have much less range impact from cold weather compared to LEAF. Extreme heat should have minimal impact to the permanent loss of battery capacity compared to the numerous failures of LEAF batteries to maintain capacity. Some nits on this Toyota RAV4 electric car are that the styling is dated, and drab, and… Read more »

Hey Tony,

Good to see you around. Been following your ‘adventures’ quick closely. Look forward to seeing you range tests on the whole LEAF ‘lost bars’/capacity thing.

If there is anything we can do to help/get the word out on the project, or you are going to draw up some conclusions that we can publish for you, we are more than happy to do it.

All the best,

The new RAV4 EV’s EPA range is under rated. On a “standard” charge, driven sensibly, the range will easily top Toyota’s estimaed 92 miles and when pushed (hypermiling) will easily approach 110. An extended charge (+20% more of usable battery capacity) will likely get a very respectable 125 miles and 140 when pushed. I believe the RAV4 EV when pushed to its upper limit of range (extreme hypermiling) will make it all the way to 150. The factory default range after an extended charge (by disconnecting and reconnecting the 12V batt) is 146! I think this is just to enhance the “wow” factor upon new customer delivery, but its all dependent on driving efficiency, which can vary widely, from car to car, driver to driver and trip to trip.