Toyota RAV4 EV with Tesla Powertrain Coming to the U.S. in 2012


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Tom Hanks Will be Pleased

A joint press release by Tesla Motors and Toyota has announced that the two companies have agreed to work together on a new electric RAV4 that will be powered by Tesla technology. The ultimate goal is to put it on the market in the United States in 2012, and in the meantime, Tesla will produce a fleet of prototypes for evaluation before the end of this year. The first prototype has already been built and is now being tested. Read on for more details.


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Tom Hanks, the most high-profile driver of the original electric RAV4, is sure to be pleased.

Tesla claims that this is part of its general plan to "produce increasingly affordable electric cars for mainstream buyers - relentlessly driving down the cost of EVs." Toyota's muscle and brand will certainly help get mainstream buyers on board. Maybe Tesla will eventually split its production this way: Less expensive cars sold under other company's brands, and more expensive vehicles sold under the Tesla brand.

Via Tesla Motors

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