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Toyota RAV4 EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

Earlier this year, rumors of a Tesla-Toyota tie up hit the interwebs and, shortly thereafter, the two companies had a coming out party of sorts and officially announced that they were pairing up to work on electric vehicles (EVs). Not long after that, a $60 million partnership contract was signed, which made the agreement as official as it gets.

Tesla and Toyota kicked off their collaborative work on the RAV4 EV a while back and we're well aware that the duo plans to whip out the electric SUV at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The vehicle will showcase a Tesla-developed battery pack, power electronics module, electric motor, transmission and software all wrapped inside the Toyota-supplied RAV4 body. The teaser image (above), released by Toyota, illustrates Tesla's role in the project particularly well.

Production of the new RAV4 EV is scheduled for 2012, but just how many of Toyota's electrified SUVs should we expect to see terrorizing the tarmac? For an answer to that we turn to Tesla's chief executive officer, Elon Musk, who recently told reporters that the RAV4 EV "is a test fleet" and revealed that the initial deal with Toyota puts production volume "in the couple thousand-unit range." That's not to say that another deal, one that expands upon the first agreement, won't be inked but, at least for now, let's assume that the RAV4 EV will be a low-production vehicle. Engineers and execs from Toyota will be on hand at the LA Auto Show, as will we, and we hope to get more details on this electric at that time.


Toyota teases the RAV4 EV ahead of the 2010 LA Auto Show
  • Toyota teases the RAV4 EV ahead of the 2010 LA Auto Show
  • Toyota teases the RAV4 EV ahead of the 2010 LA Auto Show
  • Toyota teases the RAV4 EV ahead of the 2010 LA Auto Show
  • Toyota teases the RAV4 EV ahead of the 2010 LA Auto Show

[Source: Green Car Advisor, Toyota]


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      • 2 Months Ago
      I'm excited.

      I hope they not only consider, but also build an AWD version.
      (300+++mile range please)

      I know I ask for it all...
        • 2 Months Ago
        I also want AWD or 4x4 capability for snow. A 300 mile range would be great, but I'd settle for 150 or 200 given battery costs.
        • 2 Months Ago
        They could do a 300 mile range. It will just take a day and half to charge, cost $65K, be too heavy, and not have much storage space. .
      • 2 Months Ago
      Is Toyota doing this just to game CAFE or CARB?
        • 2 Months Ago
        I know, seriously.

        Why bother? people i've talked to that own electric rav4's love those cars. The test has already been done. Tesla already has extensive real world testing of their pack..... what ... the.... fffffff
      • 2 Months Ago
      Once Tesla gets their factory on line, they will be able to ramp up production to follow Toyota's ramp up (assuming there is one).
      • 2 Months Ago
      Come on Toyota! Show some b...s. Make and sell 10,000 of them. You already know how popular they are. Toyota sold the first RAV4-EV for $42,000 and the people were happy to pay it.
      • 2 Months Ago
      If Tesla is making it for them, it'll be low-production.

      There's to financial advantage to them to having Tesla build a full-production car for them when they can do it themselves cheaper.
      • 2 Months Ago
      I hope a bunch of 2002 RAV4 EV owners drive down to the LA Auto Show and park their cars in front with big signs on them

      "Toyota, why did you abandon this EV for TEN YEARS?"