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 Post subject: Re: Have LEAF -- want RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:34 pm 
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rpmdk wrote:
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You might look at a VW eGolf SE. After my Mercedes B was wrecked I leased a fully loaded SEL. VW currently has subsidy money on the SE and so far my SEL is averaging 4.3 miles per KWH. The car can easily go over 100 miles.

I looked into leasing one of the last RAV4 EV's but the used car manager wanted nothing to do with my LEAF. He said it would sit until it went to auction. Mercedes was a different story since Mercedes was needed the CARB credits. They currently have a good lease for $329 but with 4K down. I currently do not have 4K with Property taxes due though.



Thanks for that. I've been eyeing the Golfs on the road, but they seem to be getting smaller. I was hoping to get something a little bigger. How did you like the Mercedes?


I liked it a lot. If it was not property tax season I would have gone with another. The eGolf is smaller but it has most of the same goodies. So far after 525 miles I am happy.

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 Post subject: Re: Have LEAF -- want RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:42 pm 
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Thank you for all the replies. Work got very hectic and I haven't had an opportunity to focus on the RAV4.

smkettner recomended having a back-up car. The big plus of getting a RAV would be being able
To get rid of the old junker car sitting in front of the house as my back up for the LEAF.

I take it most people are having a great experience but a few vehicles have proven very problematic and an extended warranty is a must. So for most people it's a buy recommend.


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 Post subject: Re: Have LEAF -- want RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:19 pm 
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Another couple questions I have, (in addition to the vague one above) is Tesla producing these batteries for any other cars? If I want to replace the battery in 5-10 years will there be any new ones available?

Is the rest of the car interchangeable with other RAVs? Can I put a standard door, fender or gate on this one if I'm in an accident?


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 Post subject: Re: Have LEAF -- want RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:15 am 
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The cells themselves are a commodity item sold by the billions worldwide.

The battery pack that Tesla constructs for the RAV4 EV is only for the RAV4 EV.

Tesla currently makes a 36 kWh pack for Mercedes-Benz.

Most of the body panels and interior pieces are directly off of the 2012 RAV4 V6 Limited, including the wheels and tires.

Parts that are different are the front facia, the headlights, front running lights, rear view mirrors, windshield (thicker), and the rear air diffuser above the rear door. The rear door is from a RAV4 Sport.

Interior pieces that are different are the dash instruments, the center navigation display (from a Lexus) and the cabin climate controls.

I believe all the paint colors are also standard RAV4 colors, so if you ding the door, you could literally go to a wrecking yard and find the door in the same color.

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 Post subject: Re: Have LEAF -- want RAV4 EV
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I'll chime in here to comment that I have a 2013 RAV4 EV with no problems at all. It has been to the dealer only for 3 recall processing.

From various comments, it seems like either the vehicle is totally fine or having lots of repeated problems.

Remember the old saw...... when buying Detroit iron, don't ever buy one made on a Monday.

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 Post subject: Re: Have LEAF -- want RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:19 am 
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TonyWilliams wrote:
The cells themselves are a commodity item sold by the billions worldwide.

The battery pack that Tesla constructs for the RAV4 EV is only for the RAV4 EV.

Tesla currently makes a 36 kWh pack for Mercedes-Benz.


Does that mean you could refurbish the battery? It wouldn't need another made by Tesla?


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 Post subject: Re: Have LEAF -- want RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:20 am 
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Yes, it's possible.

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 Post subject: Re: Have LEAF -- want RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:26 am 
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That's cool, I'd imagine there'll be a bit of a drop in cell prices 5-7 years out.


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 Post subject: Re: Have LEAF -- want RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:25 pm 
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Currently there are only two cars with Tesla power trains. They are the RAV4 EV and the Mercedes B class EV. Mercedes is switching to their own design and the RAV4 EV is long discontinued.
I miss the power of my B but I am otherwise satisfied with my eGolf SEL.

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 Post subject: Re: Have LEAF -- want RAV4 EV
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Don't count on a rebuilt pack costing less than a new Model 3.


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