• Sep 13, 2010
Back in July, Toyota and Tesla announced a joint venture to bring electric vehicles to market, and the first example – the RAV4 EV – is slated to go on sale in 2012. Now, an update from Toyota says the all-electric RAV4 will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November, meaning that an on-sale date in 2012 doesn't seem all that unrealistic.

Speaking of 2012, Toyota also tweeted about its plans to bring the Prius PHEV to market in the second quarter of that year, citing May or June as a specific timeframe. When it launches, Toyota is targeting sales of roughly 20,000-plus units in North America, with the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf as the key competition.

[Source: Toyota]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet!!!1

      Why the big delay on the plugin prius? people have been converting the 2nd-gen to PHEV duty model for many, many years..

      I think the PHEV Prius is a fantastic idea. If they can keep it under $27.5k, i think it will be a great alternative to the Volt and Leaf. It will make good use of the gas you feed it, and ~$5k extra for 15 miles of all electric range ain't bad at all. That's some 80% of your driving.. and for the rest, you'll be pulling ~50mpg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, if I can pay off my 2008 Rav4 by then. I am totally going to buy one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would not be horribly surprised to just hear that toyota bought tesla.

      In any event - these engineering hook-ups might keep them afloat long enough to get their sedan in the wild.

      Waiting to see the price on that plug in prius.
      Unfortunately I bet it is going to be too high for my blood.

      I also bet they will be surprised by the sales and ramp up production almost immediately after sales start.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, and I forgot---vote me down because I told the truth....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh for God's sake. Just give me a cheap electric car that will go 100 miles on a charge and can run 70 mph while doing it. Get rid of these diaper-heads control of the United States of America !!!!! Oh yea, delete this for being " ****** "