To whom it may concern-
My wife and I are very interested in purchasing a Toyota RAV4 EV once it becomes available. We live in Seattle, however. Are there plans to make the RAV4 EV available in Washington State? Failing that, if we bought a RAV4 EV from a California dealer and had it shipped to Washington post-sale would it be possible for our local Toyota dealer to provide warranty service for it?
Thanks in advance for your reply.
-[me], physician and EV enthusiast
oatnet wrote:the Rav4 was the top choice [despite] having the rear door open the wrong direction.
Toshi wrote:I sent a message via webform to Toyota's corporate office putting out feelers regarding Seattle availability and/or service
Dear [Toshi], [...]
The RAV4 EV [...] will initially only be available from select California Toyota dealerships in the San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego markets. At this time we do not have information on when this model will be launched in other states. [...]
Toyota dealerships nationwide will receive the training to properly maintain and service this new model. However, the timetable for this training will vary from region to region. We recommend contacting your local Toyota dealership and speaking with the Service Manager to confirm when their facility will be ready to provide service for the new RAV4 EV.
Toyota Customer Experience Center
One interesting anecdote is that Toyota, in attempting to perform the government's mandatory roll-over crash test, was unable to get this SUV to roll using the government's prescribed method. Its center of gravity is so low, it just wouldn't tip.
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Your RAV4 EV includes three (3) years of roadside assistance, valid only in the Continental United States and Alaska. This coverage includes towing for failure of a warranted part.
• A service provider will tow the vehicle to the closest Authorized Toyota RAV4 EV Dealer within 100 miles of the vehicle’s location. If the vehicle is located in excess of 100 miles from an Authorized Toyota RAV4 EV Dealer, then the vehicle will be towed to the nearest Toyota dealer and the customer will be responsible for additional towing charges to return the vehicle to an Authorized Toyota RAV4 EV Dealer, if necessary.
DUE TO HIGH VOLTAGE AND THE RISK OF INJURY THIS VEHICLE’S POWERTRAIN AND HIGH VOLTAGE SYSTEMS SHOULD BE SERVICED AT AN AUTHORIZED TOYOTA RAV4 EV DEALERSHIP.
… powertrain and high voltage component maintenance or repairs should be performed by an Authorized Toyota RAV4 EV Dealer.
• Because warranty service for your electric powertrain can only be performed by an Authorized Toyota RAV4 EV Dealer in California, Toyota does not recommend home-basing the vehicle outside the State of California.
Hillhater wrote:Well, if you were really committed...you could move to California !
mvly wrote:You only break even if you actually use a car. I use my car like once or twice a month, just to go to Costco. So 50K is very impractical for me. I wish they have something where you just pay to use the car when needed. But not with all the expense of going out and renting a damn car.
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