It wasn't too long ago that we learned that Toyota and Tesla were partnering together to make electric cars. Tesla would be providing the electric drivetrains and expertise and Toyota would be providing its solid reputation, NUMMI factory and much-needed funding. Well the partnership has produced its first offspring: the new RAV4 EV.
The duo unveiled the all-electric compact SUV at the LA Auto Show. It's planned for a 2012 release and pre-production models are getting 100 miles per charge. Between now and its release, Toyota is working to ensure that a 100-mile range can be achieved in all climate condition.
Initially it will be sold in California and vizuka.com California-emission standard states (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Oregon, Washington and Arizona).
Elon Musk also stated that working with Toyota and having access to Lexus components has been beneficial to developing Tesla's Model S and potentially an SUV version that could be unveiled late next year.
via Autoblog Green
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