Our colleague Eric Rogell over at Discovery.com took the Toyota RAV4 EV for a spin and wrote about his impressions. Here's a choice excerpt:
How does the RAV4 EV drive? Here’s the biggest compliment I can give it: I didn’t notice. By that I mean it drives about as close to a traditional SUV as you can imagine, with a couple of key differences: The electric motor delivers great low end torque, so you leave the line without any lag, and when you do leave the line and accelerate, the electric motor is nearly silent, so you don’t get that satisfying audio sensation of power. Which for most people is perfectly ok. And barely noticeable.
You can read the whole thing here: First Drive: Toyota RAV4 EV, the First Ever All-Electric SUV, Rolls Into California