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Toyota/Tesla RAV4 EV Concept

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Toyota has developed an electric RAV4 in partnership with Tesla Motors, and it will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 17 November.

The new concept combines the current RAV4 compact SUV with an electric powertrain from Tesla Motors. The concept precedes a RAV4 EV being introduced to the US market in 2012.

In May, Toyota announced it would co-operate with the American company in the development of electric vehicles and parts, and in EV production systems and engineering.

By working together, Tesla will benefit from Toyota’s manufacturing expertise, while Toyota aims to learn from Tesla’s EV technology capabilities, and its responsive and flexible approach to business and decision making.

Toyota actually has reasonable experience in the field of electric vehicles, having sold around 1,900 first-generation RAV4 EV models between 1996 and 2003 – the first vehicle in the world to be powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery.

Toyota will announce specifications and further details of the new RAV4 EV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 17 November.