Recent reports, including ours, incorrectly stated the 2012 RAV4 EV will only be sold to fleet and car sharing organizations. Though we now know that's not true and corrected the original post, we'd like to set the record straight by quoting Toyota's latest on the subject:
That's the official word from Toyota, and it seems that a model-name mix-up did trigger the erroneous reports. If you're thirsty for more details on the electric RAV4, check out our Quick Spin review of the prototype RAV4 EV.The 2012 RAV4 EV will definitely be sold to the general public. We anticipate robust public interest in the RAV4 EV and are keen to inform consumers that their future vehicle options include a battery electric Toyota.
Toyota is the only manufacturer bringing two battery electric vehicles to the market in 2012 - the RAV4 EV and the Scion iQ EV. While the RAV4 EV will be available to the public, the Scion iQ EV will be marketed to fleet and car sharing programs only.