All 2012 RAV4 EV models destined for the U.S. will be manufactured in Ontario, Canada, according to Toyota Motor North America senior vice-president Ray Tanguay.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Center for Automotive Research's Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI, Tanguay told Ward's Auto: "Yes, we're just going into final details right now. Obviously we're not going to [import it from] Japan – that would make no sense." Tanguay says Toyota's factory in Woodstock, Ontario, current site of production for all U.S.-bound RAV4s, will easily accommodate assembly of the electrified crossover.

The precise on-sale date of the RAV4 EV is, according to Tanguay, "still in negotiation," but Toyota has committed to 2012 for its retail launch. Furthermore, Tanguay says:
"We don't know the spec; we don't know the content. All we know basically is we have an agreement to develop this with Tesla, and we have to assemble that vehicle in North America.
To back up Tanguay's words, Toyota today confirmed that Ontario will be the site of production for the RAV4 EV. For the official press release, click through to the jump.


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Toyota and Tesla Announce Decision to Build RAV4 Electric Vehicle at Toyota's Woodstock, Ontario Production Facility

Shared Line with Gas-Powered RAV4 to Maximize Production Efficiencies and Quality Control
Tesla to Ship Electric Powertrains from California

Woodstock, Ontario (August 5, 2011)-Toyota and Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) confirmed today that their jointly-developed RAV4 electric vehicle will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC) in Woodstock, Ontario beginning in 2012.

"The Tesla-Toyota joint development team has agreed that building the vehicle at the Woodstock plant on the same line as the gasoline-powered RAV4, will streamline and simplify the production process and guarantee the highest level of quality control," said Ray Tanguay, TMMC Chairman, who hosted Canadian officials at the plant today and thanked them for their support. "This is a great example of Toyota's determination to collaborate with companies with leading edge technology."

As previously announced, Toyota will pay Tesla approximately $100 million to supply the electric powertrain, which includes the battery, motor, gear box and power electronics for the RAV4 EV. Tesla will build the electric powertrains at its production facility in Palo Alto, California and then ship them to TMMC for final assembly into the vehicle.

The RAV4 EV will be sold at U.S. Toyota dealers through Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS). Details including pricing, volume and regional distribution will be determined and announced at a later time.

In July of last year, Tesla and Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing, America (TEMA) collaborated to convert 32 conventional gas-engine RAV4 compact SUVs into fully functional RAV4 EV prototypes.

Toyota is committed to a broad strategy of sustainable mobility, incorporating products, partnerships, the urban environment, and energy. The RAV4 EV is one of several advanced-technology new products coming for Toyota. In addition to expanding the Prius family with the upcoming Prius v and Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Toyota will introduce an electric version of the Scion iQ in 2012 and a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle by 2015.


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      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      In before the EV trolls Dan Frederiksen and soundbargaming claim how electric should replace every single 'dinosaur burning' vehicle in the world...
        soundbargaming
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Hardly and EV troll. I love gas engines just as much as the next gas only enthusiast. However I'm more open to new forms of propulsion rather than being stuck on gas forever. Like someone mentioned before. If everyone thought like you we'd still be rocking horse and carriage because nothing we be good enough to top your horse and carriage. I say BS. The electric motor is not the problem here. Its the energy storage medium. Electric motors are every bit and more powerful than gas. But I'll always love me a good gas powered Lambo, Lotus, or Vette. GOOD DAY SIR!
          soundbargaming
          • 3 Years Ago
          @soundbargaming
          @Krishan Well I apologize if I sounded trollish, I just think now we should have options. People like choice. Same as big V8 muscle cars, they don't get great gas mileage but they sure are fun! Tesla proved that electric can be exhilarating. Mass production lowers prices and increases acceptance. All I'm saying they should at least try an all electric option that is as powerful as the gas counterpart and let people choose. Speaking on the this RAV4, its boring as hell. The troll you are referring to is Elmo. He is orally fixated on Dan for whatever reason. Dan makes no sense most of the time and is CLEARLY trolling. If someone so much as says in passing they like electric cars, in Elmos eyes they must be Dan! Dan probably never had a picture of a Diablo on his wall as a kid. And Elmo was obvious tickled too much in wrong spots.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @soundbargaming
          I dont have a problem with new cars being electric. But some of your posts are really annoying when you think EVERY car should be electric, and that there are no reasons to hold onto such 'dinosaur technology' when, clearly electric is the future. Maybe I am wrong in dumping you with Dan F, because clearly he is a troll, and some of your posts are very much like his (some commenter refused to believe you werent him).
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
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          soundbargaming
          • 3 Years Ago
          Poor attempt at sarcasm. Gotta love the internet, though. It'll be funny in the future to look back at your exact post and just shake my head. Hopefully an alternative energy source that is better than hydrogen will come along or something that will take us airborne and not just along the ground. Something like the cities in the Fifth Element.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interested in seeing what kind of range and what kind of price this will have. Between the Prius offering an EV version, Toyota possibly buying/partnering up with Tesla, and now this EV RAV4, it looks like they will be pushing that electric angle pretty hard. That's good news for all EV makers - the more companies involved, the faster prices will come down and the easier that consumers will accept them.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Hello Sears...I think I just saw one of your Kenmore refrigerators roll by my house"
      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      Question: What killed the electric car? Answer: Toyota's braking systems.
      Thunderbuck
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm torn here. As a Canadian, I'm pleased to see Ontario get this facility, but at the same time, with Ray Tanguay saying "we don't know the spec, we don't know the content..." when he's the one person who probably SHOULD, this looks a bit dodgy...
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      It doesn't have that masculine look any more. I hope the gasoline version doesn't look like this in the future.
        MechE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        The gasoline version looks masculine? The exterior is no different than the gasoline version, other than different front clip which I assume is for aerodynamics.
          desinerd1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MechE
          no it doesn't but atleast I wouldn't be ashamed of driving it
        Al Terego
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        LOL, masculine RAV4.
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