Select Dealers Now Accepting Orders for Toyota RAV4 EV
Toyota of Palo Alto is but one of a handful of dealerships currently accepting pre-orders, albeit unofficially, for the upcoming Toyota RAV4 EV, according to a recent post on Green Car Reports. Though deliveries aren't scheduled to begin until late summer 2012, several dealerships in California are getting the jump on the competition by either creating a waiting list or taking deposits for the RAV4 EV. This practice is rather common when the automobile in question is a highly anticipated and much-hyped vehicle. As electric vehicle advocate and occasional PluginCars.com contributor, Chelsea Sexton, states, "What they’re doing isn’t 'official', but it’s also not uncommon."
Engineered in collaboration with Tesla, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV features a 41.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and boast an expected real-world range of 100 miles. Pricing for the RAV4 EV is set at a rather lofty $49,800 (minus the $7,500 federal tax credit).
Toyota will only manufacture 2,600 RAV4 EVs over the course of the next three years and, with the waiting list unofficially growing in size on a daily basis, now's probably the time to call your local dealer (it's a California-only offering for now) to reserve your 2012 RAV4 EV.
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