There’s been a bit of a dust-up in recent days concerning the Scion iQ EV and the Toyota RAV4 EV as to which will be sold to the public, and which won’t. Well the facts have finally emerged…but there’s still disappointment to go around.
Many news outlets and blogs initially reported on Monday that the Toyota RAV4 EV that is being developed with help from Tesla Motors, would not be available for sale to the public. Rather, the EV SUV would only be for use by car sharing programs and the like. The misinformation started from a quote (now removed) from this Pike Research blog and made its way around the blogosphere in no time, causing cries of outrage and shock. Why wouldn’t Toyota want to sell the RAV4 EV to customers?
As it turns out, the RAV4 EV will be available for public purchase…eventually, and in “very strategic” locations (i.e. limited rollout.)
However, the recently-announced Scion iQ EV that got Jo Borras all giddy will not be available for purchase, despite a 2012 U.S. launch date. Rather, this electrified micro-car will only be available for car sharing programs, rental fleets, and other “controlled” environments. Also of note? Neither the RAV4 EV nor the Scion iQ EV will be available with a Level 3 Fast Charging outlet. It seems Toyota, like the SAE, is not yet willing to commit to a fast charging standard.
If you ask me, both the iQ and RAV4 should be open for sale to those who want it, but I’m sure Toyota has its reasons. The Scion iQ EV does make sense as a city-sharing car I suppose, but you tell me, which of these two electric Toyota products would you rather have?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.