Originally Posted by keepclam
I think people buy 2WD SUVs/CUVs just to avoid the minivan stigma. Vans typically offer an even better ability to transport people and large items, and have a raised seating position.
With regard to my wife's enthusiasm for the RAV4 EV and the above, she'd be all over the Nissan NV200 EV (an electric mini-tall-van, if you will), provided several things happened:
1) It was produced. Still vaporware aside from car show demonstrations, afaik.
2) It came to our shores, which is far from assured. See Volvo V70 diesel PHEV as an example.
3) It had more range than the LEAF.
The RAV4 EV's big draws over a LEAF, in my assessment of it, are its extra cargo room aft of the second row (good for baby crap, as strollers and the like are huge); its extra range (about 50% more than the LEAF, so non-negligible); and its extra performance/Tesla-derived underbits.
If there existed a non-CUV-footprint EV/PHEV-40ish alternative that also possessed these above strengths it'd certainly be on our list as well.