The RAV4 Prime 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds (according to Toyota) is faster than the Mustang Mach-E!
Its rare that I see someone shopping for an EV in this segment also consider a hybrid. But for hybrid buyers, this is a great option.It still burns gas so its a non-starter for
Me. It doesn’t matter how fast it goes.
You might be in luck.I just got around to watching this video and I am really impressed. This is a great option for someone who needs the hybrid option as it will serve as a BEV for most people's daily range and as a hybrid when needed for longer trips. The Hybrid FWD with auxiliary electric motor on the rear is genius. This will also help tremendously with the MPG loss suffered by most AWD/4WD systems. The ability to drive full speed as a BEV up to 42 miles of range is great.
If I weren't committed to going entirely BEV, I'd be tempted. If they introduced this capability in the Tacoma I could easily see myself going that route instead of a BEV for my pickup.
Targeting this group of people probably makes better business sense anyway because there are so many more of them. In the real world, I rarely ever talk to anyone about EVs because most people I know wouldn't care or don't get it. They haven't really considered whether an EV of some kind would make sense and hold preconceived negative notions about electrified vehicles. Something like a RAV4 Prime could be a gateway for them -- huh, these electrified vehicles actually make a lot of sense and don't require big compromises anymore. And it's even fast, not a slow power wheels car!Where Toyota’s direction will succeed is luring the typical ICE owner towards the light. These ICE owners count for 97% of the market (2019’s numbers).
Getting these ICE owners to electrify in any way helps in the long run.
I'm awaiting a smaller BEV/PHEV pickup too. All of this talk about a Cybertruck or electric F-150 do not interest me because those vehicles will be too large. I like a smaller truck like Tacoma size.Very interesting. Unfortunately the article is behind a paywall but this does sound promising. I'm still waiting to see how I'll replace my Tacoma. Ford also has the BEV Maverick unibody small pickup coming. The real question is how much will I want to haul.
What I quoted is the meat and potatoes of that article.Very interesting. Unfortunately the article is behind a paywall but this does sound promising. I'm still waiting to see how I'll replace my Tacoma. Ford also has the BEV Maverick unibody small pickup coming. The real question is how much will I want to haul.
Nice!I actually really like the Prime. 90mpg is crazy good. I like the Heads Up Display option and it's as quick as my Audi Q5 turbo which is impressive. But if I can get a MachE I'll get a MachE. The problem is my Q5 lease is up in January. So if I can't get my hands on a Premium MachE by then not sure what I'll be able to do. But Prime is in the running.
I preordered a red Premium Extended Range AWD.Nice!
That should be possible if you stay on top of allocations in your region. Which Mach-E Premium model are you planning to get? Standard Range Battery RWD, Standard Range Battery AWD, Extended Range Battery RWD or Extended Range Battery AWD?