April 2019. California.
Today we crossed 80,000 miles (~128,000 km) in our 2012 Rav4 EV. We purchased this car new almost 6 years ago and it’s still working great. Our motor drive became slightly noisy 2 years ago and Toyota replaced it under warranty at 58,000 miles. It’s been smooth and quiet since then. Otherwise this car has worked perfectly.
Maintenance costs for first ~6 years have been very low: A new 12 volt battery for $128 in 2016; another 12 volt battery in 2018 for $181; and $12.99 for a set of 2 cabin air filters. That’s it.
For those not familiar with this EV, when you charge the Rav4 EV you can do a “Standard” or “Extended” charge. The “Standard” level charges the pack of our to about 90%, and “Extended” fully charges the pack.
We do a “Standard” charge about 4 times a week. During the winter the standard charge has been giving us 100-105 miles on the range estimate or GOM (Guess-O-Meter). Now in April 2019 with the weather getting warmer the standard charge gives us a little more, about 110 miles on the GOM.
Read up on the 2012-2014 Rav4 EV GOM here.
A couple weeks ago after the standard charge had finished, I clicked “Extended” to fully charge the pack and that gave us an additional 10 miles. After 80,000 miles we’re still getting up to 120 real world miles with our Rav. NOTE: we live in the Central Valley where the winters are mild and the ground is flat as Kansas.
Our Rav4 EV continues to serve our family very well. We use it for a daily commute of 35-40 miles, and use it for weekend runs to the grocery store and carting the kids around. We’ve still got the JdeMO DC charging port on our Rav so we can go further than the range in the pack when needed. We love this car.