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If a picture paints a thousand words, Toyota's hoping that a couple videos do a little better than that for its RAV4 Electric Vehicle.

The Japanese automaker recently released a couple of videos touting the EV and its evolution through the company's partnership with Tesla Motors. The first five-plus-minute video features engineers discussing the benefits of collaborating with Tesla, including software advancements and battery technology that complemented Toyota's engine-packaging expertise.

The other video, clocking in at almost five minutes, delves into the issue of aerodynamics and how engineers cut drag coefficient in an effort to boost range and chip away at drivers' potential feelings of "range anxiety." Toyota used its sleekest wheels, tires and headlamp lenses while customizing the front facia, adding a rear spoiler, removing the roof rack and smoothing out the underbody in order to allow the SUV to better cut the wind.

Toyota, which first announced the RAV4 EV in 2010, said in May that the SUV will have a 100-mile single-charge range and will be priced at $49,800, with sales starting by the end of this year. Initial markets will be contained to California and Toyota is only expecting to make and sell around 2,600 vehicles during the first three years.

You can see the videos below.





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      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Renaults Romanian Dacia Duster SUV at £8995 is coming to the UK next and it will destroy everybody's SUV sales next year like it has done in the rest of Europe, can't see the RAV 4 EV cracking our small 52 EVs July market next year. But the Dacia Duster will hit the UK top 10 from nowhere like its done around the rest of Europe.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Considering that Toyota's primary markets are the US and Japan, where they have never heard of "Dacia" let alone have any for sale, I really don't think they're worried about the competition.
      Ashton
      • 3 Years Ago
      2,600 will be built...over 3 F'in years....WHOOPADEEDOO!
      bluepongo1
      • 3 Years Ago
      meh... X - TYPE
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad the damn thing costs $4 billion dollars. And has 1/3 the range of the thing it was licensed from.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        @chris Nooooooooo, I was exaggerating, but on the price of the actual vehicle. At $49k, it may as well be $4 billion, as I will never, ever pay that much for a little SUV. I would never say that about the volt on the lease, for example, because that is more than reasonable. The leaf, with incentives, maybe. But a rav4? Oh heck no. No. No!
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        The RAV4 EV has Tesla's 41.8kWh battery, and gets range similar to the base (40kWh) Model S. "My first miles in the RAV4 EV took me north from Newport Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway. When I arrived at my Venice destination, the dashboard display read 47.5 miles, with an estimated 98 miles of remaining range. In other words, after a trip of nearly 50 miles there was almost 100 miles of electricity left in the battery. " http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/automobiles/autoreviews/with-jolt-from-tesla-a-more-electrifying-utility.html?pagewanted=all
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Wild exaggeration. The entire development program won't cost anywhere near 4 billion, let alone have that figure be applied to just one vehicle. Development costs are often spread over an entire production run, sometimes over several models, too.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a prototype for their FCEV, testing the components of electric drive. This aerodynamic body shape should raise the 431 mile range of their FCEV still further, perhaps to something close to 500 miles.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Toyota's FCHV-adv is based on the Highlander, not the RAV4, so I wouldn't go as far as you have to suggest this is a prototype for their next FCEV. Toyota is still moving forward on their FCEV sedan for production by 2015, as hinted at by the FCV-R.
      Giza Plateau
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is 50k$ SUVs what electric car buyers want? The concept of an SUV seems a little at odds with eco mindedness. For a purist it seems unfulfilling.
        Marcopolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        @ Giza Plateau In reality, nothing created by human endeavour would be fullfilling to eco-purists !
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        "Is 50k$ SUVs what electric car buyers want?" In 2002, the RAV4 EV sold for $42,000 - $53,487 in 2012 dollars - and some people claim that customers were lined up waiting to buy them, with a sold-out waiting list.
        Smith Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        An electric SUV may not appeal to eco purists but it might have a lot of appeal to eco "moderates" (for lack of a better word) who can afford a $40K automobile. Having more EV models to choose from should result in more total EVs sold.
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