PHOTO CAPTION: Tesla-developed RAV4 EV.

Tesla-Developed Electric RAV4 Sends a Jolt Through Toyota

Use of Tesla's technology and shift of engineering development to Toyota Technical Center USA in Michigan mark 'seismic' shift for Japan's largest carmaker.

Published: 31-Jan-2011

The much-vaunted systems used by Toyota Motor Corp. to churn out millions of vehicles are being put to one side as the automaker tries to crack new markets in the U.S.

Speed has been at the fore in Toyota's joint development of an electric version of its RAV4 sport-utility vehicle with startup manufacturer Tesla Motors.

On May 20, Toyota and Tesla made the surprising announcement that they were forming a corporate tie-up. But that was not the only startling development.


Recall includes Lexus HS 250h hybrid.

Recall includes 437,000 units of its 2010 Prius, Sai, Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid) and Lexus HS250h hybrids globally.

2010 Plug-in Prius similar to that driven by the author.

Admittedly 'lazy' test driver in Ireland finds excuses not to plug in the Prius.

Toyota and Tesla are collaborating on an all-electric version of the RAV4 sport utility vehicle.

Electric version of RAV4 is being jointly developed by Toyota and Tesla, picking up where original RAV4 EV left off nearly a decade ago.


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