Sales figures for EVs are so far off those of conventionally-powered vehicles, that it’s almost comical. However, in the EV world 61 units sold in the first month is a very good performance. That is exactly how many RAV4 EVs Toyota managed to sell in September, the car’s official sales debut – the highest number ever achieved by such a vehicle, in the US.

That means that the Japanese automaker sill has 2,139 units to go, until they reach their target number of 2,200. They may increase that number, if the demand is deemed high enough, though. However, with a price tag of $49,800, before tax incentives,the RAV4 is still a rather expensive vehicle to buy, so its appeal will still remain limited, despite being a very capable vehicle with a range of just over 100 miles (160 km).

For those who don’t want to buy the all-electric SUV, Toyota is offering a lease plan, which will cost you some $599 per month. We will have to wait and see in another few months, just how well the RAV4 EV actually does, but if the debut is anything to go by, it may do very well. Keep in mind that at their debut, the Nissan Leaf sold 19 units, while the Tesla Model S only managed to sell 10 examples.

By Andrei Nedelea