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The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV is the all-electric SUV I want with the range issues I can’t have

At Maker Faire, not far from the 3D printers and robotic bartenders, I found Toyota’s RAV4 EV. It might have a bit more spit and polish than the typical DIY project at Maker Faire, but it’s definitely the result of some art and craft.
Melissa RiofrioToyota engineers spent two years building an all-electric version of the RAV4 EV.

The engineers were given two years to shoehorn an all-electric powertrain into this small SUV, one of Toyota’s most popular models. Try taking off your underwear without removing your clothes and you’ll understand the challenge.

Toyota’s RAV4 EV is the car I was looking for in 2007. I wanted a car that used less gas and made less pollution. The Prius was available, but it wasn’t quite big enough for what I need to do: carry lots of people, pets, and stuff, all at the same time. My Maker Faire encounter with the RAV4 EV, however, showed me all the reasons why this car didn’t exist six years ago and only sort-of exists today.
Tesla made the battery

If anyone knows electric cars, it’s Tesla, and the foundation of the RAV4 EV is a Tesla-made, 41.8kWh lithium-ion battery.

In most electric cars, you can see the battery taking up space in the trunk or behind the rear seats. The Toyota RAV4 is known for having a cavernous cargo volume, so any loss there would be disappointing.


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