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Bad News: Toyota RAV4 EV Won’t Be Sold To The Public
Posted By Laura K. Cowan On July 18, 2011 @ 8:45 am In automotive,Green Transportation,News | 1 Comment
You say you want a Toyota  RAV4  electric vehicle  when they come out next year? Too bad. Toyota won’t be selling them to the general public, so in order to get one you’ll have to organize a neighborhood car sharing  program. According to Pike Research, Toyota’s National Business Planning Manager of Advanced Vehicle Marketing Geri Yoza has announced the company will focus on “very strategic applications”–meaning fleets and car-sharing programs–for the RAV4 EV.
Also in the bad news department is the fact that Toyota is reportedly skipping the quick-charging feature for the RAV4 EV. We think this is a bad idea, as most people swapping out vehicles in a fleet will want to charge vehicles in just a few hours to keep things running smoothly. But at least Toyota has a rationale behind this decision: they don’t want to adopt the technology until the SAE  finalizes a standard. What’s up, Toyota? We’re hoping this fleet idea is for initial testing and you will bring the market’s only electric CUV to us soon.
Via Autoblog Green 
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