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2012 Toyota RAV4 all-electric SUV

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Alan Gell

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The RAV4 SUV has been popular for a number of years, but the combination of Toyota’s Sport Utility Vehicle with a battery operated powertrain makes it special.  The RAV4 EV is a collaboration with Tesla Motors, who designed and produced the battery and electric powertrain.

The new Toyota RAV4 EV provides a quiet, comfortable, and smooth ride with easy handling, due mostly to the low center of gravity as well as a low coefficient of drag.  The front bumper, grill, side mirrors, rear spoiler, and the underbody were all re-styled to provide the new sedan-like ride.  The battery pack is mounted near the center of the vehicle and very low.