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  • Electric Rav-4?

    You betcha! I saw an electric RAV-4 on the highway today - first time in my life. Supposedly they, and a bunch of other electric cars were taken off market for no apparent reason. What's the story with that?

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    Toyota, GM and Ford had to give titles to all the governements that purchased electrics, therefore they couldn't take them back to crush them like the EV-1. So there are electric Ford Rangers, Chevy S-10s and Toyota RAV4s wtill cruising the road. Guys in one of the other threads saw 3 electric Ford Rangers go to auction and sell for $12K+ with ruined interior and dead batteries. I have seen S-10s go for $24K with good batteries.

    -Harp

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      Originally posted by Dmitry View Post
      You betcha! I saw an electric RAV-4 on the highway today - first time in my life. Supposedly they, and a bunch of other electric cars were taken off market for no apparent reason. What's the story with that?
      oil companys got scared.

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        The large auto manufacturers were "dragged kickin-n-screammn" and made some vehicles to comply with the now expired " California electric vehicle" mandates. I can assure you none wanted to build ANY .

        Toyota went the route of modification of an existing chassis , as did most ,except GM. Some others used existing platforms of cars not normally sold in the us. Some used "Flex-fuel" and cng vehicles, to provide equivelent results of electric , by avoiding or reducing use of gasoline .

        Toyota did not want a public relations disaster like GM . So they will renew leases of vehicles in good condition , and still provide service and support .
        The leased cars are full maintenance included. The " owned " cars enjoy $$$$$ prices for parts. Many of the returned Rav -4 electric vehicles were not destroyed, and Toyota maintains it's own boneyard of inop rav 4 elecrics , as parts doners .

        Under public pressure , Ford sold used , leased , Ranger electric trucks , rather than destruction of them , and IIRC , the s-10 electric trucks were from an up-fitter.

        The saga of electric cars in the last 10 years is full of sad stories . IMO ,they WILL be mainstream in the future , about when the we will have to return nuclear powerplants for electric generation.

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          Re: Electric Rav-4?

          I've recently seen an E-Rav4 driven by someone where I work.

          Bill

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            I've seen a guy that works in Palo Alto with a rav 4 electric. I've also seen another while driving around on my route. When they sold them I think Toyota was asking 75k

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by ajgiorgi View Post
              I've seen a guy that works in Palo Alto with a rav 4 electric. I've also seen another while driving around on my route. When they sold them I think Toyota was asking 75k
              Only on ebay.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_RAV4_EV

              The MSRP was $42,000; but in California, ZIP-grant rebates of $9,000, decreasing in 2003 to $5,000, and a $4,000 credit from the Internal Revenue Service brought the price down to a more palatable $29,000 ($33,000 for some 2003 deliveries), including the home charger.

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                SCE (Southern California Edison) has a fleet of RAV4 EV's, and I do routinely see them making the rounds.
                1997 Factory Crown Victoria w/ extended tanks ~~ Clunkerized!
                2000 Bi-Fuel Expedition --> ~~ Sold ~~ <--

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                  Anybody familiar with the Metrolink station in Irvine will also see about 6-10 of them plugged in and charging on any given afternoon.

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                  • #10
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                    Santa Monica City and Santa Monica Airport as well

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