The all electric variant of the RAV4, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is a five passenger SUV powered by an AC induction motor that produces 154 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. FWD is paired to a 1-speed automatic transmission enabling 103 mile driving range or 76 MPGe. Features include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, touch-screen navigation, heated front seats, and hands-free phone capabilities. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, traction control (TRAC), vehicle stability control (VSC), anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), smart stop technology (SST), and brake assist (BA). The RAV4 EV is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
A new Tesla-supplied powertrain and upgraded aerodynamics further maximize the RAV4's range for 2012. Otherwise, the 2012 RAV4 EV is much the same as the current gasoline-powered version.
Fully electric powertrain; SUV practicality; 100-plus mile range
The RAV4 is a highly rated and practical SUV already. With the all-electric powertrain, it has green credibility as well. Toyota claims an over-100 mile range and that no cargo space was lost in the RAV4's conversion to all-electric drive. This makes the RAV4 EV unique among electric vehicles in that it provides the practicality of an SUV with an all-electric powertrain.