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USA: Want To Get A 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV? Here’s How

It might be a compliance car, built by Toyota for the sole purpose of meeting California’s regulations for zero-emission vehicles, but the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is one of the most highly-anticipated plug-in cars of 2012.

The anticipation is with good reason. Combining the practicality of a crossover SUV with a Tesla-engineered drivetrain, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is the first contemporary all-electric crossover SUV to hit the market.

But how do you go about buying one?

Live in California

As Toyota lists on its dedicated Toyota RAV4EV website, the first step to buying a 2012 RAV4 EV is to live in California.

That’s because California is the only place you can buy one, a tacit admission from Toyota that it is only producing the 2,600-car limited-production run of RAV4EVs to satisfy Californian law.

Complete Toyota’s compatibility quiz

Just as other automakers have quizzed potential owners on their lifestyle and daily commuting habits, Toyota wants to know it is selling a RAV4 EV to someone who understands the limitations of a plug-in car which only travels around 100 miles per charge.

Unlike some compatibility quizzes we’ve seen, Toyota keeps its questionnaire simple.

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

Provided you live in California, drive daily commutes less than 100 miles in total, and have access to off-street charging, you should pass this compatibility quiz with flying colors.

Find a dealer

According to Toyota, there are only 55 dealers in the U.S. authorized to sell the Toyota RAV4 EV. All of them, of course, in California.


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