By Jonathan Welsh
Toyota Motor Corp. said it will reveal the new RAV4 EV compact crossover on May 7 at the 26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium, or EVS26, in Los Angeles.
The car maker, which has long said it would build a battery-powered version of the RAV4, last year confirmed it would sell the coming vehicle to retail consumers, not only to fleet customers. The company, which previously built electric powered RAVs in the late 1990s, said it expects the new version to compete effectively against the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and other electric and plug-in-hybrid models coming to market soon.
In April, reporter Michael Ramsey from the Wall Street Journal’s Detroit bureau test-drove an early demonstrator model of the electric Rav4, which was modified through a partnership with electric-car maker Tesla Motors. Here is his review.