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Toyota RAV4 EV will debut in prototype form in LA next month  (Source: Toyota)
Tesla will make EV gear for the RAV4 EV set for 2010

Toyota was one of the pioneers of hybrid vehicle technology around the world and the company's technology was so good that it was licensed to other carmakers for use in their hybrids. While Toyota sells boatloads of Prius' around the world, other makers are hard at work on battery and EV tech that is making its way to the public.

Toyota made an announcement in May of this year that it be investing $50M into Tesla Motors and that the two would work together to produce electric vehicles at the NUMMI plant. The first fruits of that joint venture have been announced with
Autoblog Green reporting that Toyota and Tesla had inked a $60M deal that will see Tesla provide the components needed for the RAV4 electric vehicle.

The deal surfaced in a Toyota regulatory filing this month that showed Tesla will be developing the battery, power electronics module, electric motor, gearbox, and software for the Toyota RAV4 EV. The first prototype of the electric RAV4 will be seen at the LA Auto show and the vehicle isn’t expected to be commercially available until 2012. Hard specs on the RAV4 EV and the electric drive components being developed for the car are not available at this time

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RE: Toyota Outsourcing?
By goku on 10/14/2010 8:58:11 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I so happen to be "one of these cases" though it was unreported because I managed to get the car under control before crashing. Turns out the problem was with the floormat which wasn't anchored using the floor anchors like it was suppose to be. Never would have happened otherwise.. But before I figured that out while trying to control the vehicle (and not wanting to shift into neutral in order to not damage the engine), it was pretty frightening..

RE: Toyota Outsourcing?
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 10/15/2010 11:17:55 AM , Rating: 2
(and not wanting to shift into neutral in order to not damage the engine)

You made a decision not to shift into neutral?! To save the engine?! Remind me not to drive where you live. Smash the car, kill other people (your own passengers and other cars and pedestrians), sure, that's okay. But not damage the engine?! Unbelievable.

RE: Toyota Outsourcing?
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 10/15/2010 11:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
When the throttle got stuck on my 1970 Plymouth Sport Suburban station wagon in the late 70's (due to a bad throttle cable - that's why they used to stick in the old days) that had a 383 max wedge engine with a torque flite tranny - so was wickedly fast - even at 18 I knew to put it in neutral and to heck with the engine. I still can't believe your post.

RE: Toyota Outsourcing?
By umop apisdn on 10/17/2010 5:00:15 PM , Rating: 2
The rev limiter would have taken care of that. Shoot, nowadays some cars have their rev limiter kick in at around 2000 RPM when the transmission is in neutral.

So much for neutral drops :-(

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