DaveinOlyWA wrote: TonyWilliams wrote:
EVDrive wrote:... the Rav 4 EV is an amazing car to drive. Comfortable, powerful and has the minimum range needed for a stress free day trip. It definitely has room for extra seats in the back as well.
That's what Mrs. Tony liked best... no stress. The third row seat option looks viable.
130 miles is great. so you think Toyota is allowing access to 36 Kwh? wow... 90% of the pack! a bit surprising considering their normal conservatism.
ISTR reading somewhere that 37.5kWh was usable with an 'extended mode' charge. Unfortunately, I can't find it, and that works out to ~90%, which is high unless they're hiding some beyond 41.8kWh.
: Found the following in a Green Car Congress report from August; no idea of its accuracy:
"The RAV4 EV has two charge modes: Standard and Extended. In standard mode, the high voltage battery charges only up to 35 kWh and the vehicle is expected to achieve an EPA-estimated driving range rating of 92 miles. Extended Mode allows the battery to charge to its full usable capacity of 41.8 kWh, providing an anticipated EPA-estimated driving range of 113 miles. Standard mode is designed to optimize battery life over range; however, the 8-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty cover the packs regardless of the mix of charge modes over the packs’s life."
Standard Mode Extended Mode
40A/240V 5 hrs 6 hrs
30A/240V 6.5 hrs 8 hrs
16A/240V 12 hrs 15 hrs
12A/120V 44 hrs 52 hrs"
Oh, yeah, from the same article, describing their target market:
"Based on its research, Toyota has a clear customer in mind, Fay said. The target buyer is married, 45–60 years old, highly educated, and is an affluent and evangelistic early adopter. He or she owns a home, which is perhaps solar-powered. The target buyers have strong personal convictions on the environment, oil use, and cutting edge technology. 'The pool of buyers,' noted Fay, 'is small.'"
They certainly nailed that.
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/08 ... 20803.html
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