Electric RAV4 SUV To Be Built In 2012

It’s official. The new RAV4 electric vehicle will be be built in Ontario, Canada at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. The all-electric vehicles, developed by Toyota and Tesla Motors, will start being manufactured at the plant, in Woodstock, Ontario, in 2012.

Toyota will pay Tesla approximately $100 million to supply the electric powertrain, including the battery, motor, gear box and power electronics for the RAV4 EV. Tesla will build the electric powertrains at its production facility in Palo Alto, California and then ship them to TMMC for final assembly into the vehicle.

Toyota RAV4 EV

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In July 2010, Tesla and Toyota collaborated to convert 32 conventional gas-engine RAV4 compact SUVs into fully functional RAV4 EV prototypes. Toyota gave consumers the first look at the RAV4 prototype at the 2010  Los Angeles Auto Show. The SUV is powered by a lithium metal oxide battery with useable output rated in the mid-30 kwh range. The target driving range is 100 miles.

The RAV4 EV will be sold in the U.S. at Toyota dealerships. The companies are still hush-hush on specific details of the new electric cars, including details regarding the price, volume and regional distribution.  Details are expected to be announced at a later date.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.