Toyota and Tesla Presenting Electric RAV 4 at the LA Auto Show
Toyota shot out a tweet a few hours ago saying “Toyota and Tesla will debut the RAV4-EV at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in November”. As some of you will remember Tesla announced a few months ago that they had converted a RAV 4 and a Lexus RX for Toyota, Toyota also bought a 50 million dollar stake in Tesla a little earlier in the year, before Tesla’s much touted IPO. The LA Auto Show runs from the 19th to the 28th November this year and is known as one of the bigger international Auto Shows, it also takes place in the heart of California which by and large, will be the biggest market for both electric vehicles and hybrids in the US.
As some of you may remember, Toyota leased an electric RAV 4 between 1997 and 2003. The scheme was regarded by Toyota as a failure although about 800 of the lease holders opted to buy their leased RAV 4 at the end of the program. The current Tesla/Toyota RAV 4 is widely expected to go on sale in 2012 although we will need to wait and see what Toyota has to say at the LA Auto Show.