Los Angeles Auto Show: Toyota-Tesla RAV4 EV

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Here’s that Tesla-converted RAV4. Toyota’s going to make 35 for a test programme next year, with full production in the US in 2012; target range is 100 miles and Toyota aims to get the car feeling as near to the conventional RAV4 as possible despite its extra 100kg weight. Modifications have been made to accommodate this, including redistribution of weight, retuning and relocation of major components, modification of suspension and steering. Styling changes include a unique front grille and bumper, new headlamps and foglamps, a custom dashboard and unique paint finishes and special badging.

The North American-market RAV4, and the basic vehicle for the EV conversion, will continue to be built in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, but Toyota is considering a specific location for final assembly of the EV. Tesla will be making the battery and its related components in Palo Alto, California.

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