An Electrifying Joint-VentureAs I've previously mentioned, Toyota will make an electric version of its RAV4 small SUV using some Tesla technology. Production of the RAV4 EV is scheduled for 2012, and it has now been announced that the partners will build it in Canada.
Photo: ToyotaIn a press release, Toyota wrote: "'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."
We'll have to wait some more for details on where it will be sold, how many will be made, what the range will be, and how much they will cost. But using an existing vehicle and factory should streamline the production process and, hopefully, lead to lower costs.
Those that think that the RAV4 is too big will be pleased to know that Toyota is also bringing another EV to the US market: The Scion iQ EV, coming in 2012...