Energy saving features of the Toyota RAV4 EV improves total driving range
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV will, when it is introduced this summer, be the first production all electric SUV available on the market. The RAV4 EV is the result of a collaboration between Tesla Motors and Toyota, and features the Toyota RAV4 outfitted with an all electric drive train designed by Tesla Motors. Toyota recently posted a video on YouTube explaining the power saving features of the RAV4 EV meant to extend driving range by making more efficient use of on-board energy.
The video features Sheldon Brown, Executive Program Manager, and in this video he begins with regenerative braking and range anxiety. The Toyota RAV4 EV, of course, has regenerative braking features. This feature does make an electric vehicle a little different than a gasoline car, in that gasoline vehicles cannot increase their range just by driving, while an electric vehicle can. Brown claims the vehicle can recapture 17-24% of the energy through regenerative braking, but without making it clear the driving scenario where that occurs.