When most individuals speak in regards to the Toyota RAV4 EV, they’re discussing the second-generation mannequin which used a Tesla-sourced powertrain. Nevertheless, there was one other RAV4 EV properly earlier than that mannequin arrived in 2012.
The primary-generation RAV4 EV is simple to neglect about because it was launched within the 1990’s as a little bit of an experiment. Gross sales had been closely restricted, however the firm ultimately began to supply them to the general public.
One in all these fashions just lately surfaced on eBay and it’s being billed as a one-of-a-kind basic collector automobile. Whereas we wouldn’t precisely name it a basic, the mannequin is definitely an early instance of contemporary electrical autos.
The crossover’s origin story begins in 1995 when Toyota introduced it had accomplished growth the RAV4L EV and been “granted a license to make use of it as a monitor automobile.” The corporate supplied one to the Tokyo metropolitan authorities and one other to the Tokyo Electrical Energy Firm for testing and analysis functions. By the top of 1995, Toyota deliberate to have a complete of 20 fashions present process testing in Japan and the US.
One yr later, the mannequin was placed on sale in Japan with an extremely modest gross sales goal of 100 models yearly. The mannequin was solely out there at a handful of dealerships, however it was ultimately provided nationwide the next yr.
Getting again to the RAV4 on eBay, the vendor says it has roughly 15,000 miles (24,140 km) on the odometer and is in wonderful situation. That’s looks as if a little bit of a stretch as the photographs seem to indicate scuffs on the rear bumper and a few rust on the tailgate. Regardless of these minor blemishes, the crossover seems to be in comparatively good situation and the inside appears virtually brand-new apart from some scuffs within the cargo space.
Like many early electrical autos, the RAV4 has an especially restricted vary which helps to clarify why there are so few miles on the odometers. The vendor says the vary was initially 70 miles (112 km) however, resulting from battery degradation, the mannequin can now solely journey 20 miles (32 km) earlier than it enters limp mode.
Bidding begins at $9,500 (£7,462 / €8,346) and the mannequin can be bought for a purchase it now worth of $11,500 (£9,033 / €10,103).