The fully electric Toyota RAV4 you never knew existed

While the Toyota bZ4X, the company's first all electric SUV that will be sold in Australia, won't arrive for another year or so,

 it's time to go back 25 years to the period when Toyota created an all-electric RAV4.

Toyota produced roughly 1500 completely electric RAV4 waggons in 1997 to assist field-test then-revolutionary electric car technology.

The RAV4 EV, which has a 50kW electric motor, a single-speed gearbox, 

and a 27kWh NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) battery, 

was initially only made available to fleet customers on leases so that Toyota could recover

 the vehicles at the end of the finance period.