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  (Source: Toyota)
EV is more than twice the base price of a conventional RAV4, has 100-mile range

Toyota and Tesla have been talking about production plans for an electric version of the popular RAV4 crossover utility vehicle for nearly two years. Back in July 2010, Toyota and Tesla said that a production version of the EV would hit American streets in 2012.
True to their word, the pair officially unveiled the RAV4 EV at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles, California. For those that were looking for the EV to be based on an all-new RAV4 platform, you'll be disappointed. The vehicle still appears to be largely based on the third-generation RAV4 that was introduced way back in 2005 and is long overdue for a redesign.

Stylistically, the RAV4 EV shares much with its gasoline counterpart in the way of exterior body panels. Key differences can be found up front with a redesigned bumper/grille and headlights (LED + halogen) along with clear taillight coverings out back. The center stack on the dashboard has been redesigned to incorporate automatic climate control and a large touch screen, but is otherwise familiar to current RAV4 owners.

The big changes, however, are beneath the bodywork. In place of a 4- or 6-cylinder gasoline engine is a Tesla-designed 154hp (115kW) electric motor that drives the front wheels. In normal mode, the RAV4 EV can hit 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. Switching to Sport mode cuts that time down to 7 seconds. Top speed is listed at a just 80 mph, which means that you won't be hogging the left lane on most interstates in the U.S. The maximum driving range is listed at 100 miles.

Toyota has partnered with Leviton to provide charging solutions for the RAV4 EV. Toyota says that the lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged in six hours with a Leviton 240V (Level 2), 40A, 9.6kW charging station. The vehicle also includes a 120V (Level 1) emergency charging cable when the driver doesn't have access to a Level 2 charger -- just expect to wait around a lot longer while the battery recharges.
For those keeping score, the battery warranty for the RAV4 EV is 8 years or 100,000 miles.
Toyota says that the RAV4 EV will go on sale this summer in select markets (Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles/Orange County and San Diego). There are no further details on if and when the vehicle will enter wider availability in the U.S.

For those that do choose a RAV4 EV, the price of entry will be a lofty $49,800 (since Toyota didn't make specific mention of it, we're assuming that this price is before the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs and before any applicable state credits/rebates). For comparison, a base RAV4 (gasoline engine) with front-wheel drive rings in at a "modest" $22,650.

Source: Toyota

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RE: For that price increase...
By Keeir on 5/8/2012 5:09:43 PM , Rating: 2
Over 100,000 miles, Purchase Price + Fuel only. Fuel at ~4 Dollars a gaollon.

1. 55,000-70,000 depending on options
2. Unknown
3. 60,000-70,000 depending on options
4. 55,000-65,000
5. 60,000-70,000

Err... the Volt over 100,000 miles? ~50,000-55,000 pre government rebate. 45,000-50,000 post.

The Volt is -significantly- cheaper than those cars. Now I am not saying the Volt is the right car, but you aren't comparing apples to oranges here at all. Given your other choices on the list, your more a Model S customer level. A 50,000-60,000 Model S is more in line in terms of price, even in California, with your choices.

RE: For that price increase...
By Spuke on 5/8/2012 5:26:05 PM , Rating: 2
I said,
The Volt just doesn't provide enough luxury/sportiness for that price.

Where did I mention economics?

Some corrections though:

1. 135i starts at $39k, 335i at $42k..both can be had for $45k nicely equipped. Even a loaded 335i is no where near $70k, not sure where you got that from. M3 maybe?
2. X1 starts at $31k for the turbo 4 and $39k for the 6. Don't know about options. It's on the 3 series platform so options should be like the 3.
3. Starts at $39k, we're looking at $45k again very nicely equipped in this case.
4. Under $45k
5. This one is closer to $50k, pretty pricey compared to competition. Nice car though.

RE: For that price increase...
By Keeir on 5/9/2012 2:56:02 PM , Rating: 2
Spuke, I said over 100,000 miles.

Unless something strange happens, Gasoline isn't going to be less than 4 dollars over the next 5-7 years. I'm even spoting you some dollars since premium gasoline is 4+ today

Project cost of Fueling for 100,000 miles

1. ~17,000-20,000
2. ~17,000-20,000
3. ~18,000-21,000
4. ~17,000-19,000
5. ~18,000-21,000

I notice elsewhere you mentioned leasing. Lets compare (from Manufactures websites)

Volt: 349 per month/36 months/~2,500 due at signing --> 15064
335i: 459 per month/36 months/~4,200 due at signing --> 20724

Assuming 30,000 miles traveled, fuel cost for the Volt ~2000. For the 335i ~5000.

End expected Lease Cost
Volt: 17,500
335i: 26,000
Increase: 45-50% more!

Which is what my point is... if you make a list that includes the 135i or the 335i as options, then the Volt -can't- make the list even as an option because it clearly not going to perform as well, it just cost too much less. Heck, a fricken Versa Sedan over a 36 month 30,000 lease is cost ~13,500. The Volt's lease is closer to the Versa Sedan in price than the 335i.

And I am not even including the extra 6000 miles the Volt gives you (36 months/36,000 miles versus 36 months/30,000 miles).

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