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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 chunkymonster on 10/18/2010 12:37:04 PM , Rating: 2
I remember when that report was released and asking myself, "WTF? How dumb are people that they can't stop the car?!"

The one guy in California even went as far to claim that the car prevented him from moving the shifter into Neutral and then using the pedal or emergency brake to stop. I knew as soon as I heard that the majority of the "auto acceleration" issues had to PEBCAK.

Every car that I have ever driven allows you to move the shifter from Drive to Neutral without hitting the brake pedal; claims otherwise are from someone who just doesn't know how to operate their own car, as was the case with most of the issues with Toyota.


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