If you remember back in May electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors and Japanese auto giant Toyota announced a partnership in which, among other things, they would jointly develop electric vehicles. The first offering of that partnership has now been announced, with the two companies recently saying an electric version of the RAV4 SUV would be coming to the United States in 2012.
Toyota and Tesla said they plan to outfit the RAV4 with a Tesla electric powertrain. Telsa will develop a fleet of prototypes within this year for Toyota to try out. The first prototype apparently has already been built, in fact, and is undergoing testing. The two companies will continue to work with each other, with Telsa seeking to learn “and benefit from Toyota’s engineering, manufacturing, and production expertise, while Toyota aims to learn from Tesla’s EV technology, daring spirit, quick decision-making, and flexibility.”
No further details were announced on the electric version of the RAV4 by Toyota or Tesla. It is also unclear if the vehicle being developed will be in other markets besides the United States.