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  • anbausa
    (See the Electrifying Times home page at: http://www.electrifyingtimes.com for pictures of Ed and his spankin brand new EV!!!) Monday March 4, 1:30 pm Eastern
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      (See the Electrifying Times home page at:
      http://www.electrifyingtimes.com
      for pictures of Ed and his spankin' brand new EV!!!)

      Monday March 4, 1:30 pm Eastern Time
      Press Release
      SOURCE: Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
      Actor/Environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. Is First Retail
      Customer of a Toyota RAV4-EV

      HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota has begun
      selling its zero emission RAV4-EV (electric vehicle) to
      retail customers in California. Today at Toyota of
      Hollywood, the first non-fleet retail sale of a RAV4-EV was
      made to popular actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr.

      Begley, Jr. has long been committed to numerous
      environmental causes including the reduction of smog-forming
      emissions in automobiles and the preservation of precious
      natural resources. In addition to his new RAV4-EV, he is
      also the proud owner of a Toyota Prius gas/electric hybrid
      vehicle.

      Despite the generous time he dedicates to spreading
      environmental awareness, Begley, Jr. has found time to take
      on a starring role in the new ABC series, ``The Web,'' which
      premieres on March 27. He also can be seen in recurring
      roles on the WB series, "7th Heaven," and the HBO series,
      "Six Feet Under."

      "The RAV4-EV demonstrates Toyota's commitment to the
      environment, the EV market and consumers like myself who are
      looking for a functional zero-emissions vehicle to meet
      their everyday needs," said Begley, Jr. "I'm very excited
      and honored to be the first retail owner of a RAV4-EV in
      California."

      The Toyota RAV4-EV is a zero emission, state-of-the-art
      electric version of Toyota's popular RAV4 sport utility
      vehicle (SUV). In 1997, Toyota began making the RAV4-EV
      available nationally through a special fleet lease program
      to major corporations, government agencies and utilities.
      Today, RAV4-EV is one of the best-selling electric vehicles
      in the country with more than 900 in service nationwide,
      including 700 on the road in California.

      Beginning in 2003, the California Air Resources Board (CARB)
      Zero Emissions Vehicle Mandate (ZEV) will take effect,
      requiring 10 percent of all new vehicles sold in California
      to meet low emissions standards, with two percent qualified
      as zero emission vehicles. As part of Toyota's overall
      compliance effort, and in order to meet the zero emissions
      mandate, Toyota has begun offering RAV4-EVs to retail
      customers in California.

      The RAV4-EV is powered by a maintenance-free, permanent
      magnet motor, producing 50kW of power (equivalent to a
      67-horsepower gasoline engine). It's a real vehicle with a
      top speed of 78 mph, and provides style, room, practicality
      and utility. With a range between 80 and 100 miles per
      charge, RAV4-EV can be used to meet most daily driving
      needs.

      As a compact SUV with seating for five and space for cargo,
      the RAV4 offers a level of flexible use and versatility that
      other EVs are unable to match. Standard equipment includes
      such popular features as four-wheel anti-lock brakes, alloy
      wheels, dual front airbags, air conditioning, power-operated
      mirrors, windows and door locks, and a deluxe sound system
      with a CD player.

      The RAV4-EV has a manufacturers suggested retail price
      (MSRP) of $42,000, but a $9,000 incentive from CARB and a
      $3,000 IRS credit brings the price down to $30,000, which
      includes an in-home charging device. There are also three
      special introductory lease options, which also include the
      use of the charger.

      Toyota is selling the RAV4-EV at participating dealers in
      every major metro market in California. The RAV4-EV will be
      launched in a manner similar to the Prius hybrid
      introduction where customers have the ability to communicate
      and order the RAV4-EV on-line at www.toyota.com and take
      actual delivery through a participating dealer. The popular
      Prius will be available for purchase at participating Toyota
      dealers and should be in stock soon.
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