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USA: Toyota sparks up in California

Toyota is expanding its Prius-built alternative fuel empire – but the latest vehicle in its range is only going to be sold in California.

The Japanese automotive giant unveiled an all-electric version of its RAV4 crossover at an EV symposium in Los Angeles this week.

It claims the plug-in will be capable of 160km on a single charge, and is confident that the environmentally aware people of California will snap up 2600 RAV4 EVs over the next three years.

But it is more than twice the price of its petrol version, at a staggering US$49800 (NZ$63,380).

Fully electric vehicles like Toyota’s plug-in Prius, Nissan’s Leaf and Tesla’s Roadster and Model S have proven popular in the state of California, well known for its iron-fisted emissions laws.

Tesla was the provider for the battery technology for the RAV4 EV, which Toyota wanted to perform at the same level as its V6 version.


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