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  •  My "compliance" car is awesome (5+ / 0-)

    I'm lucky to live in sunny SoCal, and swapped in my Chevy Volt for a Toyota Rav4EV.  FYI, it is built on a Tesla Model S drive train.  That's right, Toyota partnered with Tesla.  The vehicle is getting about 150 miles on a full "tank" of electricity.  It costs me about $8 to fill 'er up, so you can do the math.  And that does not count the benefit of driving in the HOV lanes by myself, getting a $2500 rebate from my state, or being able to drive without a tailpipe.  

    And if anyone thinks this is slow, I invite you take a ride.  But put on your seatbelt first and make sure your head is not cocked forward.  

    I agree that Toyota is not sold on EV's.  They don't need to be.  The Prius is a tremendous success.  But their partnership with Tesla (and separate investment in the company) is no accident.  BEV's are here to stay.  And with increased range, decreased size and cost of batteries, and a growing "fueling" infrastructure, the future is bright.

    •  I agree. Toyota is less anti-EV than it pretends (2+ / 0-)
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      John Crapper, quill

      to be.

      They seem to be the secret behind Tesla's quick success in converting to high-volume manufacturing of the Model S.

      Still... they could put some more capacity on that plug-in Prius, without it costing them - or the customers - anything (their current capacity is just below the minimum required for a $2500 or more Federal subsidy).

      I've heard some RAV4 EV drivers had quality issues; have you encountered any of those? How long have you had your EV?

      Thanks for chiming in!

      •  Just 2 weeks (1+ / 0-)
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        So, I do not have a long enough track record. But so far, so great.  Most of the problems I've heard involve people who buy them here and ship them out-of-state.  There have been some software issues and it seems, a few too many problems related to the Tesla equipment and how it "speaks" to the Toyota part of the vehicle.  

        I think the Prius plug-in hybrid is a wasted effort.  The battery is very small and the EV range sucks.

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