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Hi, I have just ordered a rav4 hybrid 2019 top spec model here in New Zealand. My question is how far do you get if it is in EV only mode. Sorry if this is a dumb question.
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Hi, I have just ordered a rav4 hybrid 2019 top spec model here in New Zealand. My question is how far do you get if it is in EV only mode. Sorry if this is a dumb question.
That's not really how it works. EV mode is always available and is automatic - up to about 47mph. Above that, the ICE may still shut down but it continues to turn.
There's a button for "EV" drive mode, but its not really useful in everyday driving, and is meant for parking lots or the like.
EV is only possible when the ICE is at operating temp. Download the owner's manual and read all about it.

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The EV mode is just to move the car a bit, like into the garage from the street. You may be thinking of a plug-in model that would run some 40 miles on battery. Then the ICE starts, but the engine does not charge the battery. With that type of car, if you drive 22 miles to work, and are able to plug it in to charge it. Then you could drive to and from work all on battery.
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The most my '16 Limited HV would do on flat terrain was about 2-2 miles before the ICE would start.

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EV mode is always available and is automatic - up to about 47mph. Above that, the ICE may still shut down but it continues to turn.
RD: I drive a 2010 Prius (and now a 2019 Rav4 Hybrid). The Prius runs exactly as you describe but I believe that the current gen Toyota Hybrids can go into EV mode well above 47 mpg without the engine turning due to improved gearing.

Other than that, the advice on the limits of the EV button are correct. Ignore it and just drive the vehicle, You will love it, especially as you save plenty of money with gas (petrol) at NZ prices.

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RD: I drive a 2010 Prius (and now a 2019 Rav4 Hybrid). The Prius runs exactly as you describe but I believe that the current gen Toyota Hybrids can go into EV mode well above 47 mpg without the engine turning due to improved gearing.

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Mainly they just re-defined EV mode. There's always been an electric only mode up to around 68-70 mph, but they didn't call it EV because the ICE is turning. Gen-4 uses a different gearing set, I'm not sure how that works for speeds. 2016-2018 Rav4 is Gen-3, 2019 is Gen-4. The Prius transitioned to Gen-4 around 2016, so all that may well be documented on the Prius boards. The differences are significant.

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You can download the HV owner's manual from TIS if you want some reading before you get it, it's not on the US Toyota Owners site yet, I don't see it on the Toyota.co.nz site either.

https://techinfo.toyota.com/techInfo...arch_docs_page

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Hi, I have just ordered a rav4 hybrid 2019 top spec model here in New Zealand. My question is how far do you get if it is in EV only mode. Sorry if this is a dumb question.

Just drove home XSE made in Ontario Canada. It will stay in EV mode if you stay under 40km/h for at least 2km providing you have enough charge. I will try again in a few days to see how far i could go. Not sure how long yet it would take for recharge of battery.
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According to the manual, EV mode is good from a few hundred meters to about 1 km (0.6 mile). As others have said, this mode is intended for being quiet in the neighborhood or keeping fumes out of the garage, not extended driving.
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