Want A Cheap, Usable, Toyota Electric Car? Check eBay!

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Electric cars are often criticized for being too expensive.

While there are many reasons for this, it means some people simply can't afford an electric car.

However, there's still hope. Want a practical, reliable, usable electric car, with a decent range? Have a look on eBay!

That's where we found this 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV, still one of the most practical electric cars ever to hit the market and still popular with hundreds of drivers.

Produced between 1997 and 2003 and originally available to lease only, the car was so popular that Toyota then sold many of the vehicles at the end of the lease period. Since then, the car has developed a cult following and used examples are often snapped up quickly.

This particular car has done under 80,000 miles and apparently gets 80-90 miles on a charge. Toyota limited the top speed to 78 to preserve range, and the owner claims a full charge of the nickel-metal hydride batteries takes around 3-4 hours overnight.

The car looks like a well-preserved example. There's no warranty of course, but the battery pack has had a recent inspection and given the green light. We actually drove an example just like it back in 2010, and found it very easy to drive, if not as quick as modern electric cars.

The best thing about it though, is the price.

With a Buy It Now price of $16,500 (and on auction, it could go for even less), it's significantly cheaper than buying a brand new electric car, while offering practicality that none of the current crop can match.

For roughly the price of a 40 mpg, 2012 Hyundai Elantra, this is one electric car that you could genuinely afford.

If you want a slice of electric car history, you've got just over seven days to bid on the car.


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Comments (5)
  1. Wow, how times have changed. Seems like just a few short years ago one sold for $75,000 on ebay.

  2. I know, I was surprised how affordable they've become. Perhaps it's as a result of production electric cars being available again - there's no longer the push for used ones, which at one point were the only ones you could get (home conversions excepted).

  3. As far as buying/saving $ and eBay goes:

    If you send the seller a question about an item, find another of their listings, and send the question from that item page, rather than from the one that you actually want. This will add a little bit of work for the seller, if they want to add the question/answer to the item description page that you are actually interested in.

    If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. May be telling them that they would not have to wait as long to get their money (they would probably know that, but it still might help). If that does not work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid f

  4. wow! i wish i would have known that. i would have gotten that over the Leaf in a heartbeat! i almost ended up buying one about 5 years ago (found out 2 days before i was going to go make an offer that Son was on the way) for $52,000. it had been redone with new reconditioned battery pack and all

  5. Somebody "bought it now" for $16,500.

    Plug In America has another one up for sealed auction, with bids starting at $12k: http://action.pluginamerica.org/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6459

    I bought one on Ebay 3 years ago. All we've done is charge it, and replace tires and wiper blades. A year and a half ago I got a hold of a Toyota scanner; the batteries still tested like new. It rides and handles better than my Mom's gas RAV4. What a great car!

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