Toyota Announces Electric Rav4 – Is Plug-In Hybrid Tundra On The Drawing Board?
Toyota recently revealed an all-new Toyota RAV4 electric-powered SUV, a result of the partnership with Tesla, that took only 22 months to develop. With this new model on the market, a plug-in Hybrid Tundra should be quick to follow.The new Toyota RAV4 was on display at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles. According to Toyota, “this all-electric SUV has an expected driving range rating of approximately 100 miles and charging time of approximately six hours on a 240V/40A charger.” They also claim that the RAV4 electric has the same driving performance and cargo capacity as the gasoline version. A fully-equipped RAV4 has an MSRP of $49,800.
The question for Tundra owners, is a plug-in Hybrid far behind. It doesn’t seem so with this news and the fact there was an electric Tundra “mule” spotted at Tesla’s headquarters recently. That Tundra looked like it was a “proof of concept” vehicle that just needed to move some of the parts into the engine compartment to free up cargo room.
The feeling that many auto industry insiders have is that a hybrid Tundra will come to the market sometime in 2015 or 2016.
With limited range, an all-electric version of the Tundra wouldn’t be too popular with consumers, nor would it be particularly attractive to fleet buyers who can buy electric conversions of the F150 and Silverado right now. However, a plug-in electric hybrid powertrain for the Tundra seems very logical. Even if plugging in your Tundra hybrid every day only gives you 8-10 miles of all-electric cruising, the impact on fuel economy would be pretty tremendous. Considering the additional expense of a plug-in hybrid over a regular hybrid, this seems very likely (although unconfirmed with our Toyota sources).
What do you think? Will a plug-in Hybrid Tundra make sense or are you concerned about towing and power loss with an electric?
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