When Francisco Arias was in the market to replace his Mercedes Benz E-Class, he knew he wanted a plug-in hybrid as his next car. While he was at the dealership to test out the Toyota Plug-in Prius, the Toyota RAV4 EV caught his eye. He knew that an EV would be a big commitment. But, after seeing the RAV4 EV, he decided he would go “all in.” Because the RAV4 EV was built as a “compliance car,” there were only 2,600 in production between 2012 and 2014. Luckily for him, he was one of the few that was able to find and lease the 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV.
As soon as Francisco leased the Toyota RAV4 EV, he had a Level 2 charger installed in his home garage, which he received a $750 rebate from LADWP. He only charges the RAV4 at night, to take advantage of reduced electricity rates. Francisco is also fortunate enough to have a plug at his parking spot at CBS Studio Center, which he uses to top off his charge. When he’s really in a bind, he can also charge at one of the Level 2 charging spots at CBS. The RAV4 has decreased the cost of his daily commute to Studio City.
The RAV4 EV’s range averages between 90-110 miles. Sometimes it requires Francisco to plan out his trips, in order to avoid “range anxiety.” He uses charging stations to fill up when he is short on charge. Or, for a long trip, he uses his wife’s gas guzzler. The interesting thing about the RAV4 is that the motor and battery was designed by Tesla. Francisco likes to call his car the “poor man’s Tesla.” He plans to buy the RAV4 after the lease is over.
Visit us at the Mar Vista Eco Car Expo on April 10th at the Mar Vista Farmers Market - we'll be on Pacific at Grand View. See the Toyota RAV4 EV, meet the owners and learn more!