Toyota RAV4 EV Owners Said Unhappy with Lack of Dealer Service
After nearly a decade without a pure electric vehicle in its lineup, Toyota rolled out the RAV4 EV in 2012. With battery and electric powertrain supplied by Tesla Motors, the RAV4 EV has the makings of a hit. The New York Times described the drive as “transformational.” Southern California AAA ranked it the Top Green Car in 2013. The RAV4 EV is essentially a bargain Tesla, wrapped in the body of a proven-in-the-field, high-utility Toyota. Who wouldn’t like it?
Well, it appears that Toyota doesn’t.
“Salesmen literally try to convince you not to buy it,” said Mike Bornstein of Bakersfield, California, a RAV4 EV owner interviewed by Plug-in Cars. “Toyota only sells it in California, and only at 25 select dealers in California near six selected large cities.”
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