Toyota and Tesla working on electric RAV4

Toyota and Tesla working on electric RAV4

Toyota and Tesla have officially announced that the companies are in partnership and are building an electric prototype based on the RAV4 crossover. A production version of the concept is expected by 2012. The initial prototypes are currently in development with a Tesla electric powertrain and two vehicles based on the Toyota RAV4 platform should be finished by the end of July.

If it all works out, it will be great news for fans of the original RAV4 EV which debuted in the late 1990s over in the States.

The new RAV4s will use Tesla’s liquid cooled lithium ion battery configuration that contains thousands of laptop cells. The very first prototype is already running and a larger fleet will be prepared this year for further testing by Toyota.

Click here to read a Car and SUV road test of the RAV4 diesel currently available in NZ.

Toyota and Tesla have officially announced that the companies are in partnership and are building an electric prototype based on the RAV4 crossover. A production version of the concept is expected by 2012. The initial prototypes are currently in development with a Tesla electric powertrain and two vehicles based on the Toyota RAV4 platform should be finished by the end of July.

If it all works out, it will be great news for fans of the original RAV4 EV which debuted in the late 1990s over in the States.

The new RAV4s will use Tesla’s liquid cooled lithium ion battery configuration that contains thousands of laptop cells. The very first prototype is already running and a larger fleet will be prepared this year for further testing by Toyota.

Click here to read a Car and SUV road test of the RAV4 diesel currently available in NZ.

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