1995 - 1997 Rav4-EV Validation Prototype
Early Toyota prototype SWB 2-door Rav4-EVs had identification
VIN numbers beginning with BEA-11G, and
later ECA-10G, to identify factory prototyping development.
The Beata Collection's example is of the ECA-10G variety
as pictured below and is believed to be one of the first two units of
this version produced in 1996 although VIN'ed as a 1997.
Note: it is an original Japan Spec' right-hand drive vehicle.
This vehicle has the earliest version of the Yazaki pre j1772 charging
coupler as wall as fully developed Yazaki DC/DC fast charging
capabilities. Also of Interest, the technology that is DC/DC charging is
called Supercharging in today's vernacular since
Tesla coined that term for marketing purposes in 2012. We find
it curious that the public-at-large believes that Tesla
invented DC/DC charging along with many modern electric car technologies
by itself, when indeed, Tesla's claim to success
is more accurately in-line with manufacturing, i'e.: 'availability',
and the inherent marketing of those preexisting technologies rather
then the actual creation of same.
Pictures below ...