Leviton Unveils 40-Amp, 6-Hour Charger for Toyota RAV4 EV

By · May 17, 2012

Leviton charger

Leviton's 9.6 kW residential unit can charge a Toyota RAV4 EV in six hours.

When an electric vehicle is equipped with a massive 41.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, completing a full recharge in a timely manner becomes an issue. That's why Leviton engineered a 240-volt, 40 amp charger for the upcoming Toyota RAV4 EV. Leviton's setup is capable of outputting 9.6 kW and thus charges a fully depleted RAV4 EV in approximately six hours.

The 9.6 kW system pushes Level 2 home charging beyond the 6.6-kW charging on vehicles like the Focus Electric and Coda sedan, and way past the Nissan LEAF's 3.3 kW rate.

The 40-amp Leviton charger is designed for either indoor or outdoor use and comes with an "industry-leading ten-year limited product warranty" when installed by Leviton's EVSE-certified electrical contractors.

Greg Bernas, the Toyota engineer in charge of the RAV4 EV told PluginCars.com that one of the reasons that Toyota tried to push the envelope on Level 2 charging, and not provide a DC Quick Charge inlet, is due to lack of a standard. Nissan and Mitsubishi have committed to CHAdeMO for DC Quick Charging, while American and German carmakers are expected to use the new DC Combo protocol.

The $49,800 Toyota RAV4 EV will go on sale in late summer 2012 through select dealers, initially in four California cities including Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. The RAV4 EV comes equipped with a 10-kW on-board charger and is expected to offer a real-world driving range of approximately 100 miles.

Leviton's 40-amp charging station will be available for purchase through its website when the RAV4 EV launches later this summer.

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