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Subject: Toyota + Tesla = RAV4 EV Date: 9/1/2012 3:41 PM
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The NY Times gives a favorable review of the new Toyota RAV4 EV. The electrical guts of the SUV are provided by Tesla, and they supply power and range beyond the typical EV like the Nissan Leaf.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/automobiles/autoreviews/wi...

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The raison d’être of a big battery is to provide longer range, but the bonus here was that heaping abuse on the Tesla powertrain had relatively little effect on overall range. Through the accelerator pedal I got the feel of Tesla’s devotion to megadoses of electric power, and with the 845-pound battery pack planted beneath the center of the cabin, the handling was solid. ...

Using all of the 154 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque available in Sport mode — on the road, the power is far more impressive than the numbers sound — my zero-to-60 runs measured a brisk 7 seconds, about the same as a gasoline RAV4 with the V-6 engine.
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in the larger picture, the Toyota-Tesla RAV4 EV could be a watershed for electric vehicles, demonstrating that E.V.’s can be big and gutsy. The vehicle’s size — combined with Toyota’s reliability and Tesla’s exuberant propulsion — shreds nearly every common objection to electric vehicles available now or on the horizon. Most notably, the consistent range of about 120 to 130 miles is delivered even when your drive is a spirited romp and the air-conditioner is run full-blast.
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