Performance Toyota is Excited to Sell the Electric RAV4 in 2012

Toyota and Tesla are teaming up on the Electric RAV4, to arrive in Performance Toyota showrooms in 2012.

Online PR News – 23-November-2010 – – Performance Toyota is excited about the collaboration of Toyota and Tesla to create the all-new electric Toyota RAV4-EV, expected to hit Nebraska showrooms in 2012.

The all-electric Toyota RAV4-EV will combine the Toyota RAV4 model with a Tesla electric powertrain to give drivers maximum performance and versatility. It will offer the versatility of an SUV with zero emissions and should have a range and acceleration that will exceed other electric vehicles in its class.

A prototype of the Toyota RAV4-EV has already been created by Tesla and is currently being tested by Toyota. However, this prototype has been under tight security and few details have been released. The RAV4-EV is expected to be unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show next month and a fleet of these vehicles will be ready for evaluation and performance testing by the end of this year.

A first all-electric Toyota RAV4 was developed in 1997 and sold until 2003. It appeared the market wasn’t ready for an all-electric vehicle, though, and it was discontinued in 2003 after only 300 sold. That model reached up to 78 miles-per-hour and had a range of 100 miles. The new Toyota RAV4-EV is expected to perform at higher speeds and have an even greater range.

Toyota and Tesla have not set a starting cost for the Toyota RAV4-EV, but it is expected to be lower than other all-electric vehicles from Tesla. Tesla hopes to drive down the cost of electric vehicles so they are within reach of mainstream buyers.

For more information on Toyota RAV4’s, visit any of Performance Toyota’s websites: ToyotaofLaVista.com, ToyotaofLincoln.com or PerformanceToyotaKC.com.

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