According to a Toyota spokesperson, "Recent reports have incorrectly stated that the 2012 RAV4 EV will only be marketed to fleet and car sharing programs. We’d like to set the record straight. The 2012 RAV4 EV will definitely be sold to the general public. We anticipate robust public interest in the RAV4 EV and are keen to inform consumers that their future vehicle options include a battery electric Toyota."
In addition to the RAV4 EV, Toyota will also be debuting an electric version of the diminutive Scion iQ, but the company says that model will be indeed limited to fleets and car-sharing programs.
Developed in conjunction with EV pioneer Tesla, the RAV-4 EV will reportedly run for a “real world” 100 miles on a charge, thanks to efficient and compact lithium-ion battery packs that will reside beneath the front and rear seats. Toyota claims a 0-to-60-mph time of 9.3 seconds for the RAV4 EV, which isn’t exactly sports-car like, but should be quick enough to merge into highway traffic and work well for around-town use. Expect a release for the 2013 model year.