Toyota Rav4 EV Forum

Member Introduction
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Author:  davidfrench [ Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:25 pm ]
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Hello all. New member introduction here.
After 4 years of driving our VW Eurovan (2001) and paying a lot in gas an repairs (yes the awful reputation is true) the VW died (of timing chain) and my wife really wanted a car (I tried to explain we had enough bicycles... didn't work) I gently steered her away from a Fiat 500 and let her test drive a Rav4EV (I had a lot of electric vehicle experiences from my previous job as a journalist, test driving cars like this Honda back in 1997 or 1998!): She loved the torque and the silent motion! Got a not-too-bad deal from Daly City Toyota after countless hours in pain at dealership.
My 6'6" fits in it the Rav4EV to my surprise and the wife is happy to go surf to Pacifica and back to SF without using a ton of gas (insert surfer eco/green mind here).
All good for now, we are still using 110V at home and charging at public chargepoint when on the road to Carmel. Looking into modifying the cord to accept 220. Will have to look deeper into the threads here to find the answer (TucsonEV I guess?).
Big thank to the Rav4EV community and this forum!

Author:  TonyWilliams [ Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:25 pm ]
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Welcome (back) to EV's.

As to charging, the number one best seller for full 40 amp charging is our JESLA. You just need a simple NEMA 14-50 outlet at home on a 50 amp circuit:

We sell the receptacle here for just $5.99: ... 14-50R.htm

The JESLA 40 amp (9.6kW) J1772 portable charging cable works at up to full power on every known J1772 equipped vehicle in the world.

JESLA was designed specifically with the unique 40 amp Tesla onboard charger that is in a Mercedes B-Class ED, Toyota RAV4 EV, and of course Tesla cars, but also,works,equally fantastic like the BMW i3, Kia Soul EV or Nissan LEAF. It is ultra flexible, light weight, and portable, PLUS it adjusts from 100 to 250 volts and 12 to 40 amps, automatically. You don't have to know anything about electricity; just plug-n-play!!! ... -JESLA.htm

JELSA ships with NEMA 14-50 and NEMA 5-15 plugs. Additionally, you may want to buy the correct plug for your dryer (handy for visiting friends or relatives at their house) or for motel air conditioners:

When you attach the respective NEMA plug, the JESLAtm will automatically provide the following amperage, up to the limit of your EV's maximum amperage:

..........................................VOLTS / AMPS....kW
NEMA 5-15 .......Standard Outlet 110 V / 12 A...... 1.4 kW (included)
NEMA 5-20 ...... 20 amp Outlet .. 120 V / 16 A...... 1.9kW
NEMA 10-30......Older Dryers...... 240 V / 24 A...... 5.8 kW
NEMA 14-30......Newer Dryers..... 240 V / 24 A...... 5.8 kW
NEMA 14-50......RVs and Camps.... 240 V / 40 A...... 9.6 kW (included)
NEMA 6-50 .......Welding Equip..... 240 V / 40 A...... 9.6 kW (discontinued)


Miles Gained per Hour Charging @ 87.5% charger efficiency
70F Ambient temperature - hotter or colder will decrease miles gained

Power .......................City-Driving Economy-65mph
Amps/Volts -- Where ---- 2.7 miles/kWh - 3.4 miles/kWh

12 / 120 ------- Any ------ 2.8 miles ------ 3.5 miles (supplied cable with car)
12 / 240 ------ Home ----- 6.8 miles ------ 8.6 miles
16 / 208 ------ Public ----- 7.5 miles ------ 9.5 miles
16 / 240 ------ Home ----- 8.9 miles ----- 11.2 miles
20 / 208 ------ Public ----- 9.4 miles ----- 11.9 miles
20 / 240 ------ Home ---- 11.0 miles ----- 13.9 miles
24 / 240 ------ Home ---- 13.6 miles ----- 17.7 miles
25 / 250 ------ Home ---- 13.7 miles ----- 17.9 miles
30 / 208 ------ Public ---- 14.8 miles ----- 18.7 miles (typical public J1772)
30 / 240 ------ Home ---- 17.1 miles ----- 21.6 miles
40 / 208 ------ Public ---- 18.5 miles ----- 23.4 miles (Tesla, Rav4 EV, Mercedes B-Class ED)
40 / 240 ------ Home ---- 22.7 miles ----- 28.5 miles (Tesla, Rav4 EV, Mercedes B-Class ED)

Author:  RAV4Ever [ Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:18 am ]
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Well, this thread looks long dormant, but I'll add a post.

My name is Howard and my wife and I are new owners of a used 2012 Blizzard Pearl Rav4 EV. It's our first electric vehicle and we also own a Prius C.

We were looking at some of the current EVs and even test drove a 2019 Kia Niro EV. It was fun, but didn't have the kind of cargo space that we're looking for. It also had an inventory shortage and $5K dealer markup.

While researching electric vehicles, I had come across the Rav4 EV, but after reading here about the many maintenance issues and lack of service support out of state, we pretty much ruled it out. We decided to settle on a used Prius v (lower case); Toyota of Walnut Creek had one in stock and we were going to visit friends there, so we scheduled a test drive; they also happened to have a used Rav4 EV in stock, so why not test drive that one too? It was pretty obvious which one my both liked, but we decided that it's too bad the Rav4 is hard to get serviced out of state because we plan to move out of California in the future; the Prius v is was a more practical choice, but the one we test drove was priced too high and it was a no haggle price.

The next Saturday, we were on our way to test drive a low mileage 2013 Prius v, when the dealer texted us that they just sold it. We likely would have bought that car, but by chance, we happened to find a used Rav4 EV with lower miles than the one in Walnut Creek and was also lower priced. It recently had the traction motor replaced and it seems like the overall experience with the new motors are positive. So we drove 400+ miles to SoCal, checked out the car, decided we liked it and it looked to be in good working condition. It has a JdeMO, so it took us "only 13" hours to drive back up the 99/580 to home.

We're gambling that it's going to be a reliable vehicle for us, but it's a gamble we're comfortable with. We also have an extended warranty on the Rav4, so if anything does fail, hopefully it will be before we move out of state. We've now driven it 1K miles and have set up an OpenEVSE for level 2 charging. So far, we're very happy with our purchase.

Author:  TonyWilliams [ Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:40 pm ]
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Welcome to the very limited club. With less than 2500 total cars remaining in the world, and quite literally hundreds of them shipped overseas to primarily Norway, but also Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, Denmark, Canada, etc, and people regularly destroying them, the value of your car is going up!

I am confident that we could give you many pointers to make your JdeMO™ experience work better for you. You’re welcome to give me a call, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific time at 760-798–0342. We will have a free software upgrade coming out in the spring of 2020 for all JdeMO equipped vehicles (RAV4 EV, Tesla Roadster, Mercedes B-Class ED / B250e) installed after January 2016.

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