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Tesla and Toyota; they go together like butter and toast. - Toyota Parts Blog

Announced Nov. 10th on Toyota Motor Corporation’s online pressroom, the updated and brand new RAV4 EV will be the first co-operative project to come out of the new partnership between the two companies. Tesla, known for their revolutionary Lithium-Ion batteries, and Toyota, known for making reliable and fuel efficient automobiles, seem to be a match made in heaven. Nearly every expert has for a long time awaited the plug-in or entirely electric vehicle from Toyota, but one of the big negatives in that kind of technology is has always been the range of said vehicle. When the two companies announced that they would be working together, it seemed that an all electric vehicle was a given, and this week at the LA auto show, consumers will get their first glimpse of the Tesla-Toyota Rav4. Make Toyota Parts that will be  powered by Tesla batteries, and you have a combination that can’t be ignored. Directly from their press release,

“TORRANCE, Calif., November 10, 2010 — Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) will debut the Toyota RAV4 EV during the Los Angeles Auto Show media days, on November 17 at 2:50 PM at the Toyota booth in South Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Jim Lentz, president and chief operating officer, TMS, will speak at the news conference.  Greg Bernas, chief engineer, Toyota Technical Center, and Shigeki Terashi, president, Toyota Technical Center, also will be in attendance.”

Written by Tom Blackman