Toyota RAV-4 EV to enter mass production
The world’s leading automaker, Toyota, has officially announced the mass-production of their second generation RAV-4 EV (Electric Vehicle), in collaboration with Tesla, an electric-vehicle and EV powertrain manufacturer.
Apparently, Tesla shall supply Toyota with the required electric powertrain which includes the battery, motor, gear box and power electronics for the RAV-4 EV. The electric powertrains shall be developed by Tesla at their own facility before being shipped to Toyota for final assembly into the vehicle. Specifications of the vehicles are unknown, though early prototypes had a 660-pound lithium-ion battery pack with a total capacity of 50 kWh, of which 37 kWh is useable energy. The prototypes were capable of hitting 100 kph in about nine seconds and reaching a top speed of slightly over 160 kph. Toyota promises an estimated range of 160 km from a single charge. The EV shall also feature a unique front and rear end styling, LED fog lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, Smart key system with push button start, touch screen DVD navigation system and a combination of synthetic leather and fabric seating surfaces.
Prices for the RAV 4 EV shall be announced at a later date. Expecting the EV to show up in this region is like expecting a rooster to lay eggs, with fuel prices still being cheap enough and even semi-electric vehicles not gaining enough popularity. Nevertheless, you know such a thing exists.