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Electric RAV4 Rolls off Toyota Line

After nearly a decade without a pure electric vehicle in its lineup, Toyota Motor Corp. took a small step in that direction in May by rolling out its new RAV4 EV.

The automaker said it will make and sell just 2,600 of the RAV4 EVs over the next three years. “We don’t think this is going to replace the internal combustion engine,” Jana Hartline, a Toyota spokeswoman, told us. “We’re exploring a lot of different vehicle technologies, and we don’t think that one of them will be a be-all, end-all.”

Toyota, which hadn’t offered a pure electric vehicle since its first generation of the RAV4 EV during the 1998-2003 model years, teamed up with Tesla Motors, which supplied the battery and electric powertrain for the new car. The powertrain is said to offer an all-electric range of about 100 miles, with a recharge time of six hours using a special 240V/40A charger. Maximum output is 154HP at 2,800rpm.
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