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...a governed top speed of 78 mph...Rav4EV Data...a range of 100 to 120 miles...
...Driving range...125 milesMy range record (and I don't try for max range very often!) per charge was accomplished 08.21.05. I drove 133 miles on 100% SOC. Two people in the car, plus the portable charger in back. Twisty, hilly drive with many stops at the beginning and end. Heavy AC use for one full leg of the two-way trip. Final score: 191 Wh/mile consumed = 5.2 miles per KWh = range of 133 miles = 25.9kWh pack. (To calculate pack capacity: multiply kWh consumed by 100, and divide that by percentage of SOC consumed.So, the above didn't exactly answer your question, Don. EVnut says 191 Wh/mile on his longest trip, but also says 250 Wh/mile average, so constant 65mph is likely somewhat less. Still I think the "over 100 mile range" is rather impressive given that the vehicle seats 4 and isn't particularly aero optimized.Average Consumption from pack: 250 Wh/mile
My RangerEV has a similar NiMH pack but only does about 60 mile range due to less efficiency.
Did you notice that the factory RAV4 EV from Toyota doesn't have a tire hanging on the back? Also no roof rack.
Our testing shows that is worth 8% more range due to less drag.
Our 1996 RAV4 conversion and the 2009 RAV4 that we are working on, both have the tire on the back still and roof rack.
They look stupid without the tire because the rear was shaped to have the tire there. It looks naked without the roof rack.
There is more to it than merely the number of batteries inside.
2009 RAV4 EV - a set on Flickr
Factory RAV4 EV
Ours that we have converted
Last edited by James; 05-07-2009 at 10:32 AM.
By the way, I noticed a RAV4EV Li-Ion retrofit project here:
Also, James, do you do something with your battery box to physically constrain the cells. I think under different charge/discharge conditions the cells can try to change size/shape and if you don't put something rigid around them they can crack/rupture over time.
The 2009 RAV4 will likely have a 120+ mile range because we are doing an AC motor with regen.
The 1996 RAV4 conversion was a DC motor with no regen.
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