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Old 05-08-2012, 09:48 AM   #3
shikataganai
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Who is the target audience? Me, that's who. I want an EV with good factory support and enough room for a growing family. I bet I won't be alone, either, and that they'll sell every last one of the 2600 planned. Hell, the 1st gen RAV4 EVs with their NiMH packs are still trading for near $50k last I checked...

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Key stats:

- 38.3" rear legroom, assuming 2012 dimensions, which is ample for rear-facing child seats
- 41.8 kWh of Tesla lithium-ion batteries powering a similarly Tesla-sourced 115 kW electric motor, good for 0-60 in 7 seconds and 100 miles of range
- 9.6 kW Level 2 charger, which implies that charging from empty will take 4.5 hours
- Available for outright sale to the public in "late summer 2012", assuming one lives in Sacramento, Bay Area, LA, or San Diego
- 2600 to be built over a 3 year run, which would more than double Tesla's cumulative production

If I'm lucky then Toyota will expand sales to the Seattle metro region by summer 2013. If not, then we will fly down to Cali, buy one in the Bay Area, and truck it back home, Consumer Reports-style.
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