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Get To Know The Toyota RAV4 EV

October 31, 2012 lacarguy Electric Vehicles, Green Articles, Green Auto Technology, Toyota Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

At a quick glance, the Toyota RAV4 EV looks a lot like the gas-powered RAV4; however, upon closer inspection Toyota has done a lot to differentiate the two RAV4 models that serve very different purposes.


As noted in the video below, Toyota incorporated a more aerodynamic front-end design to the RAV4 EV, as well as power saving LED headlights and daytime running lights.  Revisions extend to the rear end too, where unique taillights sit below an extended rear spoiler and next to a tailgate that forgoes the RAV4’s signature hatch mounted spare tire (the latter feature being available to the gas-powered RAV4 as well).

Design changes reach underneath the car too. Redesigned spats near the wheels, and a smooth underbody aid in vehicle aerodynamics.

Inside, the RAV4 EV gains a new gauge pack and center console controls that reflect the high-level of technology the car packs. Watch the video below to see these new features in action on the Toyota RAV4 EV.

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Living with an electric vehicle doesn’t mean having to live with compromise. To assist owners of the new RAV4 EV, Toyota has designed its Entune app to specifically accommodate their needs.

From the vehicles multimedia system owners can access Entune’s variety of apps, one of which is a list of the nearest charging locations. Owners can also set the time their RAV4 EV will begin charging if leaving it on a charger for an extended period of time. This feature can save RAV4 EV owners money as charging during off-peak hours is often less expensive.

Other interesting features include the ability to set a “pre-climate” mode from the owner’s smart phone. Selecting this mode engages the vehicle’s air-conditioning system before the driver arrives at the vehicle so that the RAV4 EV’s interior temperature is already set to his or her preferences. But don’t take it from us, watch the video below to see the RAV4 EV’s Entune features in action:

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Electric OSCar eO Proves EV Durability at Brutal Dakar Rally

January 30, 2012 lacarguy HybridCars.com Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

By Brad Berman Hybridcars.com

The grueling 2012 Dakar Rally crossed 5,500 miles of rough terrain through the harshest conditions of South America. It’s hell on machines and drivers. The terrain is torturous and can strand even the most capable of vehicles. Since its inception in 1978, the Dakar Rally, which has taken place in Europe, South America and Africa—and has even claimed the lives of 25 participants.

Despite those harsh conditions, on January 15, the OSCar eO, an extended-range electric vehicle entered by the Latvian team, completed the rally. The 2012 race’s route through Argentina, Chile and Peru is a grueling test of endurance for even the most robust vehicles and drivers. The car’s historic finish demonstrates that electric vehicles can survive the world’s most challenging driving conditions.

Powered by a motor that cranks out up to 430 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, the OSCar eO is an electrified monster. The eO’s Nissan-sourced gasoline engine acts as a generator, but propulsion is 100-percent electric. Electric range is listed at up to 190 miles, but under the Rally’s extreme conditions, less than 100 miles is the norm. Including range-extended mode, the OSCar eO can travel up to 800 km (or roughly 500 miles,) without refueling.


Before the eO’s historic finish, Maris Saukans, the car’s pilot and a seven-time Dakar veteran, said, “We like to be considered as pioneers. Now we have two tasks on the Dakar: to finish the race and give others inspiration.”

The OSCar eO, driven by Saukans and engineer Andris Dambis, ranked an impressive 77th in the final classification. With its crossing of the finish line, the OSCar eO will forever be listed as the first extended-range electric vehicle to compete in and finish the Dakar Rally.

Fisker Automotive Takes Possession of Former GM Factory to Build Plug-In Hybrids

July 19, 2010 lacarguy Electric Vehicles, Fisker Santa Monica, Green Team, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

IRVINE, CA – July 19, 2010: American automaker Fisker Automotive today finalized its purchase of a former GM factory where it will build plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

The southern California-based company is now in full possession of the 3.2 million square foot Wilmington Assembly plant in Wilmington, Delaware, for which it paid Motors Liquidation Company (MLC) $20 million. MLC is the holding company formed by General Motors Corporation’s bankruptcy.

The purchase is supported by a $528.7 million Department of Energy loan for the development of two lines of plug-in hybrids.

The Wilmington plant will be home to Project NINA, Fisker’s second line of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and where Fisker expects to ultimately create more than 2,000 factory jobs.

“This is a major step toward creating thousands of manufacturing jobs and restoring America as a leader in the global auto industry,” said Bernhard Koehler, COO, Fisker Automotive. “Wilmington will be instrumental in fulfilling our plans to export more than half of Fisker premium plug-in hybrid production to global markets.”

Fisker announced its intent to acquire the idled factory in October 2009. A federal bankruptcy judge approved the sale last month.

The Wilmington Assembly plant opened in 1947 and produced more than 8.5 million vehicles before closing in mid 2009.

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About Fisker Automotive Inc: Fisker Automotive is a privately owned, premium American car company creating environmentally conscious vehicles with passion, style and performance. Globalheadquarters are in Irvine, California, USA.

The company was created in 2007 to leverage the design capabilities of Fisker Coachbuild, LLC, founded by auto design veterans Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler, and the PHEV powertrain capabilities of Quantum Fuel Systems
Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ-QTWW), a major Tier 1 supplier of clean vehicle technologies to automotive OEMs.

Previously, Fisker, CEO, was a board member and design director for Aston Martin, as well as president and CEO of BMW’s DesignworksUSA. Koehler, COO, led operations for Ford’s Global Advanced Design Studio and created concept cars for Aston Martin, MINI and BMW.

About LAcarGUY: Sullivan Automotive Group is also known as LAcarGuy.com, and offers automotive products and services to our greater Los Angeles area customers. The company carries a comprehensive line of vehicles by Toyota, Scion, Audi, Volkswagen, Lexus and Porsche, providing new and used cars, along with trusted car repair, original car parts, and financing as well a dedicated body shop. LAcarGUY’s Fisker Santa Monica is eagerly awaiting the opening of the marque location for Los Angeles and recently hosted the Fisker Road Show and last November held a private event for deposit holders to showcase the Karma vehicle.