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 and also has fully developed Yazaki DC/DC fast charging
infrastructure. Interestingly, DC/DC charging in today's language is
called 'Supercharging' as coined by Tesla for marketing purposes. We always
find it interesting that the public-at-large believes that Tesla
invented modern electric car technology by itself, when indeed,
Tesla's claim to success is more in-line with manufacturing, i'e.: 'availability',
hence the marketing of preexisting technologies rather
then the actual creation of same.
Pictures below ...