Back in July, Toyota
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.