I am not a fan of the Prius, too low and too small, but the RAV4... now you are talking. Actually, curb your enthusiasm there, pardner. Min’na genki ni natte. Alas, I am also in WNC and it is looking like this is vaporware. TorqueNews noted also that only 5,000 units may be envisioned for the U.S. in 2020. Probably the best suggestion I have is for interested buyers to contact dealerships in ZEV states to see about getting on a waiting list. Nevada is getting none and of the two dealerships I went to in CA one is on a first come first serve basis charging $10k over MSRP and the other doing a waitlist for a refundable $500 deposit. Do you have the RAV4 Prime at the top of your wish list? The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. The irony of the ZEV states getting Toyota's hottest new product is that Toyota sided with the administration in opposing the rights of California to set its own air quality standards. Even at 20,000 (if that was the initial plan) Toyota would be targeting just several percent of the RAV4 volume. I got on a plane 2 days later and picked it up and drove t back to WI (1978 miles - used mostly gas and charged the battery with the gas engine). Only certain states will receive the all-new 2021 RAV4 Prime. They are going to use it as an emissions compliance tool more than an actual product. Sweet! The salesperson said it would be a six month wait...we shall see. Another hope is that more states are included in the distribution plans rolling into 2021. thanks for all the time you put into your videos and blog. I live in WI and figured the only way was to buy from a dealer in CA. The plain fact is that absent regulation the market would not have delivered the astonishing leaps in ICE technology and the incentives for EV breakthroughs that actually help the US become independent form foreign oil. Sign up for our free daily newsletter or weekly newsletter to never miss a story. - Torque News Toyota - my regular column- YouTube channel - My "Toyotajeff" Toyota reviews- Facebook page "Toyotajeff"- Instagram page @toyotajeff1- Twitter @toyotajeff1. In addition its dealers will be making mad markups on the car and will sell every one they get. It has a plug (GASP!) They will also not know if they are getting SE or XSE models. See you next story when I detail more about the new TRD Pro exclusive color. EPA-estimated 40 city/36 hwy/38 combined mpg. Once people see the real world testing on the 0-60 time Toyota is flaunting no-one will want it anyway. The RAV4 Prime is an all-new plug-in hybrid based on the popular RAV4. Kenya's "First" Tesla Model X Creates Buzz, $39 Million To Bust US Renewable Energy Dam Wide Open, Joseph Biden Aims To Improve US EV Tax Credit, Restore It For Tesla & GM. Just one month ago, we brought our readers news of an all new RAV4 Prime that broke with Toyota’s past practice. Both have aftermarket hitches available for cheap. I am disappointed in that, but it does what I bought it for, and I am happy I did it, but not sure I would do it again. According to the latest news, RAV4 Prime supplies will be highly limited also in the U.S. TorqueNews reports that the car will be offered only in ZEV states, which sounds like a compliance offering. 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Thanks for the update. Just 3 weeks after the start of production for the RAV4 Prime, Toyota has announced it won’t build any more for a while. What do you think? How Much Does It Cost To Charge An EV With A Plug From Your House? Both come in either plug in hybrid or full EV. Find out if yours meets the criteria. Qualifying states in the Eastern United States include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Hopefully, this will be in the early part of 2021. I have solar panels (12.4kwh system) and I so wanted to use the electricity it makes to power my ride. The market introduction of the all-new Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid looks mistier in 2020 since Toyota has decided to extremely limit availability. We anticipate the first model-year would be about 5,000 – and year 2 forward would be about 20,000.". Customers interested in the RAV4 Prime, who are now wondering about what to buy this year, might switch to the Ford Escape PHEV, but is Ford ready for "Prime" time? I expect I have the only RAV4 Prime in the state, and perhaps the midwest. The best part is the new RAV4 Prime, with all-wheel drive standard, can be had for under $32,000 after the federal tax credit. News is published on CleanTechnica.com, while reports are published on Future-Trends.CleanTechnica.com/Reports/ and buying guides are here. My local dealer wants $10k over sticker. Inside EVs asks this highly pertinent question: “What is the problem, and why did it happen in times of general slowdown of car sales, when a surplus of manufacturing capacity over sales could be redirected towards plug-ins?”. Maybe not even then - 5.7 seconds isn't all that fast in the world of EV's. It is really too bad as Asheville has plenty of charging stations around. If you don't need AWD, you should look at either a Kia Niro or a Hyundai Kona. Both are more efficient than the RAV4 competition. I went to my local dealer with it and the entire sales floor immediately came out to see it. (Smarten up, guys.) The problem is production is extremely limited, and we're only seeing a handful of vehicles in most parts of the country. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? I hope I get lucky. That is almost as inconceivable as introducing a new gasoline powered model and forgetting to order pistons. We have no idea what caused the battery constraints. I got a XSE for 5K over MSRP and paid CA sales tax, ouch! Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? I was worried about the fit and finish which is important to me as well as the electronic aspect. It will carry many of the design elements from the redesigned 2019 version and the 2020 carryover, but it will add sporty features to make this bold RAV4 stand out even more. $51k for a model with few options. Oh well, I'll have to wait until they're available in Florida. Not worth it. The 0-60 time in electric-only mode is 9.2 seconds. They certainly will not know what colors they will be getting. I knew there would be competition to get one of these and it might be towards the end of the year but waiting until mid 2021 just isn't an option. Sources: (Singing could use some work though LOL). No even worth waiting. The 2020 TRD is a Disguised Camry with Renewed Qualities, 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime and Venza Earn Top Safety Pick Awards From IIHS, Tesla Full-Self Driving First UI Presented By a Beta Tester, Tesla Tells Model Y Reservation Holder Giga Berlin May Deliver Earlier, Fix Your Toyota Prius P0420 Catalyst Efficiency Code For Less Than $20, Voters Pass Right To Repair Bill Expert Said Could Cause Mfrs. It's hard to not feel disappointed as the plug-in market, both in Japan and the U.S., really needs decent plug-in hybrids and we found one in the RAV4 Prime, but it turned out to be mostly unavailable for willing customers. Most of our travel would easily be serviced by the 40 mile battery range but we do take longer trips that would make a BHV impractical. I seriously doubt these will have instant torque like a real ev unless both the ICE and electric motors are working together, which will only last for about the first 30 minutes of your drive. With an MSRP just under $40,000, it offers up to 39 miles of EV range and a combined 302 horsepower. So, on Labor Day, I called every dealer in CA that had one listed in inventory until I found one willing to sell it to me. You can follow him on Twitter but not on any social media platforms run by evil overlords like Facebook. It is a pity that even a basic goal cannot be achieved. There is also a hint that Toyota is unsure of what tax credit programs will look like next year, but that is clearly an attempt by the company to cover up for its incompetence at the executive level. Time for your thoughts on 2021 RAV4 Prime. EPA-estimated 94 combined MPGe for 2021 RAV4 Prime. One suspects the big bosses at Toyota simply didn’t believe the car would sell well and failed to arrange for an adequate supply of batteries. Perhaps the large number of orders for the RAV4 Prime will shock upper management into realizing the EV revolution is real and they better get on the bus PDQ or get left behind as Tesla and other companies eat their lunch. See www.fueleconomy.gov. Let them preserve it as a museum piece at near 50k per puppy. Again, Toyota has done a fantastic job promoting RAV4 Prime. I like the plug in aspect and I am getting close to 60 miles on a charge. I guess I really wanted one. Toyota is one of those companies that has been shedding big crocodile tears about how nobody wants to buy electric cars. Well, I wanted one and was ready to put the deposit down. The market introduction of the all-new Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid looks shakier and more questionable every day and now the U.S. is mentioned as well and we're very disappointed. Horse puckey! Need space for the kid and the ability to put a 2" hitch on for a 1UP bike rack. The problem is that most of the people who have had a chance to get excited over the past several months will not have the opportunity to get one. I split time between Nevada and CA. Only 5000 vehicles on 12 states. Reports in the Japanese media suggest Toyota simply failed to line up a large enough supply of batteries to meet the demand, even though all the batteries for the planned home market production of 4,000 vehicles would only require about 5.5 MWh of batteries — a very modest amount in today’s world in which battery factory output starts at 10 GWh and goes up sharply from there. Washington is NOT getting any this year, btw. According to Electrek, only 5,000 units of the RAV4 Prime will be available for purchase in the United States. VIDEO: Learn about 2020 RAV4 XSE Hybrid buttons and controls in my thorough review.

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