GM's EV1 was the star of the popular documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car? but the General wasn't the only large automaker to build fully-electric vehicles when California law demanded it. Ford had the Ranger EV and Toyota made an electric version of the RAV4 SUV, called the RAV4 EV. Many people (including yours truly) liked the little Toyota sport-ute better than the two-seat EV1. Today, when a used RAV4 EV is offered for sale, it almost always costs a pretty penny -- thousands or tens of thousands more than then when they were available at the dealer.

We came across a TV commercial for the electric RAV4 EV (see above video) and were really struck by the simple words "now available." Why? It's a TV commercial for a fully-electric car. You just don't see those nowadays. (EV1 and Volt spots don't count because they suck). Follow the jump to watch the vintage RAV4 EV commercial in its entirety.

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