The brand's first all-electric SUV, the Toyota bZ4X, is about 12 months away from launching in Australia 

but it's time to turn the clock back 25 years, when Toyota built the all-electric RAV4 

In 1997, Toyota built approximately 1,500 all-electric RAV4 vehicles 

support field testing of then-groundbreaking electric vehicle technology. 

Equipped with a 27kWh NiMH (nickel metal hydride) battery, a 50kW electric motor and a single 

speed gearbox, the RAV4 EV was initially offered only on lease to fleet customers 

so Toyota eventually closed the financing period. I was able to retrieve the car inside.

Weighing 1560 kg, just 265 kg heavier than the standard gasoline RAV4 (1295 kg), the RAV4 EV had a range of 153 km, 

a top speed of 126 km/h and an estimated efficiency of 26.9 kWh/100 km. 

His first generation of less than 500 cars known to exist have become collector's items 

enjoying limited range and quiet running even 

a quarter century after they were first hit the road. It offers.