What is the likelihood of Toyota rolling out Hyrbid RAV4s from its Woodstoock, Ontario plant upon its completion in 2008 ?
the thing is that Toyota currently cant produce anywhere enough hybrids, so they probably determined that they dont need one for rav4, when they have great mpg for even V6 in USA, and great mpg for diesels in Europe.karrock said:I certainly don't see how the RAV *couldn't* have a hybrid model, but I'm also not an automotive engineer, so I suppose I'm just taking a layman's view.
I think the underfloor space in the cargo area is the *perfect size* for a battery pack, the RAV is about as state-of-the-art as any high volume production Toyota currently on the market, and at least some of the technology used in conjunction with Toyota's hybrids is already in use with the RAV: a CVT transmission and keyless pushbutton start. I too, remember the president of Toyota being quoted as saying that ALL Toyotas, soon enough, will have a hybrid option available.
I'm sure the Highlander was never originally designed to be a hybrid, especially since Toyota had no real idea that the Prius and hybrid craze would take off as well as it did. The original Highlander (which has yet to change from the first generation model) was launched at the same time as the RAV4.2 back in 2001 and had to be engineered years in advance. But hey, it exists *now*, right?
The most Energy Expensive vehicle sold in the U.S. in calendar year 2005: Maybach at $11.58 per mile. The least expensive: Scion xB at $0.48 cents.
While neither of those figures is surprising, it is interesting that driving a hybrid vehicle costs more in terms of overall energy consumed than comparable non-hybrid vehicles.
For example, the Honda Accord Hybrid has an Energy Cost per Mile of $3.29 while the conventional Honda Accord is $2.18. Put simply, over the "Dust to Dust" lifetime of the Accord Hybrid, it will require about 50 percent more energy than the non-hybrid version.