The most important issues I would have with owning this nice EV:
- pack replacement (see the source link below)
- need to carry with you your large external inductive charger (do not buy the RAV4-EV_gen1 without its external charger - this EV4sale the charger is included).
-You would need to have a conversion adaptor to pull j1772 power from today's charging standard, to power the old inductive (tal 2000) charger, to recharge the EV at a 6kW rate. Else you can not charge at public EVSE.
- range will vary as these EV's packs will be quite used/tired.
- the EV is a factory-converted from a RAV4-ice, so the EV is not as efficient as a purpose-built EV. You will be pushing air resistance at highway speeds, so range will be less at 55+ speeds. When its NiMHi battery pack was new, it only had a 75+ mile range at 55mph, 90mi if you could stay at 35mph.
The perks of owning this older EV over getting an older used Leaf EV, would be bragging-rights of driving a perfectly good, classic EV that could have, and should have gone main stream if it weren't for automaker's sabotage efforts of the EV-cause / CARB ZEV mandate way back in the 2000s. By keeping this EV up and running on public roads, you are a thorn in Toyota's reputation.
Here are some links to explore:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_RAV4_EV The RAV4 EV is an all-electric version of the popular RAV4 SUV produced by Toyota. .... In March 2002, due to a shift in corporate policy, the Toyota RAV4-EV was made available for sale to the general public. All 328 that Toyota made were ...