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 Post subject: 3rd Row Seats
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:53 am 
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Has anyone considered mounting a 3rd row in the Rav4 EV? I know Toyota offers this option in the ICE version and wonder if it is possible on the EV.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:15 pm 
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Darren wrote:
Has anyone considered mounting a 3rd row in the Rav4 EV? I know Toyota offers this option in the ICE version and wonder if it is possible on the EV.


Even the cup holders are still back there. I haven't priced it out, but considering it.

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:09 am 
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That is very interesting that the cup holders are still there. Do you see anything that would prevent it from fitting? Where are the battery packs?


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:26 pm 
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Like in all of Tesla's own new products, the battery is the floor of the car, a main structural element. Eliminates the driveshaft tunnel/hump inside, and dramatically lowers CoG and improves handling. Plus frees up internal storage space.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:31 am 
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I anticipated that is where the battery packs would be as that is where they are located in me Nissan LEAF. I was just curious if they also went under the trunk area above where the third row would go and if they would interfere with mounting the third row in any way.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:09 pm 
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There nothing in the way for the third seat. The "storage boot" is identical to the oil burner Rav4:


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:13 pm 
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Perfect! That is exactly what I wanted to know.

Do you have a pic of the inside of the trunk/ "storage boot" as well?


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:55 am 
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Darren wrote:
Perfect! That is exactly what I wanted to know.

Do you have a pic of the inside of the trunk/ "storage boot" as well?



Sorry, I don't have one handy. It looks exactly like the outside pictured above, only with cheap carpeting.

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
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Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:52 am 
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I know I started this thread quite a while ago but I am now starting to get serious at this. Given that my family has grown and my commute has lengthened since I bought my LEAF, I need to make a change.

I would love a Tesla S to carry my family of 6 but given the current incentives the RAV4 EV is simply a lot less money. The trick is can I make this work.

So far the dealers have all looked as me as being crazy. I think that means it is up to you guys and me to determine if I can actually mount a third row in the vehicle.

My local dealer has both a RAV4 EV and a 2012 RAV4 with third row so I have been looking at them side-by-side. Here is what I have observed so far.

1) The structure of the vehicle does not look like it has changed at all. This includes the frame where the the seat would mount to the floor, space for the seat to fold into the floor and space for passenger's feet.

2) The seat belts mount to the "C" pillar (is that the correct term on an SUV?). the farthest rear vertical pillar. Obviously I haven't removed the plastic paneling but my guess is that the mounting points are still underneath. The paneling would have to be switched out to allow the seat belt to be threaded through.

3) Airbags have not been changed. It is a single curtain airbag which covers the entire sidewall in the second and third rows.

4) As pointed out before, even the cup holders are still there.

Potential issues that I see:

a) There might be an issue mounting the seat if it interferes with batteries but as of right now it does not appear that would be the case.

b) There are two rings in the cargo area of the vehicles equipped with third rows. As far as I can tell, the only purpose they serve is to anchor the folded seats into the floor when they are in the DOWN position. They don't seem to do anything when they are up. They appear to be welded on but honestly don't seem that necessary.

c) This would probably affect range in some capacity but I have no idea how much.

d) The same dealers that think I am crazy say that they probably would not install a third row and may not even sell me the parts for liability reasons.

e) I might have to have the seats custom upholstered if I want them to match.

Overall this doesn't seem that hard. What other things might I be missing?

Thanks.


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