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Toyota And Tesla: Rivals Or Partners?

The contract between Toyota and Tesla on developing RAV 4 EV would not be renewed this year.
Both Toyota and Tesla are now focusing on manufacturing their own green cars.
The initial co-operation between Toyota and Tesla might now turn into competition.

In 2010, the CEO of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) Elon Musk invited the President of Toyota (NYSE:TM) Akio Toyoda to More

The contract between Toyota and Tesla on developing RAV 4 EV would not be renewed this year.
Both Toyota and Tesla are now focusing on manufacturing their own green cars.
The initial co-operation between Toyota and Tesla might now turn into competition.

In 2010, the CEO of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) Elon Musk invited the President of Toyota (NYSE:TM) Akio Toyoda to More

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Ed Begley Junior is selling his electric RAV4 on Craigslist ($17,500)

Actor Ed Begley Jr., best known for roles in St. Elsewhere, This is Spinal Tap, and Six Feet Under, among others, has always been a committed environmentalist. We interviewed Ed in 2008 (time flies!).

Back when the only e More

Actor Ed Begley Jr., best known for roles in St. Elsewhere, This is Spinal Tap, and Six Feet Under, among others, has always been a committed environmentalist. We interviewed Ed in 2008 (time flies!).

Back when the only e More

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Toyota RAV4 EV to be discontinued, deal with Tesla Motors not being renewed

Toyota has disclosed plans to terminate production of the RAV4 EV at the end of the year.

Powered by Tesla Motors, the electric RAV4 never took off as the company sold only 1,594 units since the car was introduced about two years ago. Right from the start Toyota planned only two model years for the car as a way to meet California’s zero-emission mandate. The deal with Tesla will expir More

Toyota has disclosed plans to terminate production of the RAV4 EV at the end of the year.

Powered by Tesla Motors, the electric RAV4 never took off as the company sold only 1,594 units since the car was introduced about two years ago. Right from the start Toyota planned only two model years for the car as a way to meet California’s zero-emission mandate. The deal with Tesla will expir More

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Toyota RAV4 EV phased out as Tesla battery deal ends

Production of the Toyota RAV4 EV will very likely cease this year as Tesla Motor’s deal to supply battery packs for the electric junior SUV ends.

Toyota originally agreed to buy the electrical hardware for 2,600 examples of the RAV4 EV from Tesla in 2012, the sales of which have allowed the Japanese automaker to comply with the California Air Resources Board’s regulations and sell thous More

Production of the Toyota RAV4 EV will very likely cease this year as Tesla Motor’s deal to supply battery packs for the electric junior SUV ends.

Toyota originally agreed to buy the electrical hardware for 2,600 examples of the RAV4 EV from Tesla in 2012, the sales of which have allowed the Japanese automaker to comply with the California Air Resources Board’s regulations and sell thous More

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In Effort To Sell RAV4 Electric SUVs, Toyota Puts ‘Cash On Hood’

The all-electric Toyota RAV4 EV, even with its Tesla-designed powertrain, isn’t exactly flying out of dealerships.

While it’s a low-volume compliance car sold to meet California regulations, Toyota still has to move 2,600 of them over a three-year period that began in September 2012.

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, New More

The all-electric Toyota RAV4 EV, even with its Tesla-designed powertrain, isn’t exactly flying out of dealerships.

While it’s a low-volume compliance car sold to meet California regulations, Toyota still has to move 2,600 of them over a three-year period that began in September 2012.

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, New More

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2014 Toyota RAV4 EV Overview

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV Exterior

When Toyota designed the all-new 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV, the Japanese automaker made sure that everyone would know its drivers were behind the wheel of an electric vehicle. The sleeker front fascia features an EV badge, and there is chrome “ELECTRIC” accent badging throughout the exterior of the athletic compact crossover.
2014 Toyota RAV4 EV Performance< More

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV Exterior

When Toyota designed the all-new 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV, the Japanese automaker made sure that everyone would know its drivers were behind the wheel of an electric vehicle. The sleeker front fascia features an EV badge, and there is chrome “ELECTRIC” accent badging throughout the exterior of the athletic compact crossover.
2014 Toyota RAV4 EV Performance< More

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Toyota using DirecTV to aim RAV4 EV ads at tech-savvy viewers

Bloomberg — To reach potential buyers of its all-electric RAV4, Toyota is using an advertising strategy as experimental as the battery-powered crossover car it seeks to sell.

The automaker is working with DirecTV to zero in on would-be customers identified as tech-savvy early adopters in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, where the $50,000 vehicle is sold. They’re using a More

Bloomberg — To reach potential buyers of its all-electric RAV4, Toyota is using an advertising strategy as experimental as the battery-powered crossover car it seeks to sell.

The automaker is working with DirecTV to zero in on would-be customers identified as tech-savvy early adopters in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, where the $50,000 vehicle is sold. They’re using a More

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Somebody Please Explain Why the RAV4 EV Isn’t a Big Hit

As PluginCars.com previously reported, Toyota is offering dramatic discounts on the RAV4 EV all-electric crossover SUV. Sales of the vehicle have been meager, so the implied message is that consumers aren’t interested in the RAV4 EV. A few weeks ago, I drove the car again—through a one-week loan from Toyota—and I was just as blown away as my two previous times behind the wheel. (See my drive More

As PluginCars.com previously reported, Toyota is offering dramatic discounts on the RAV4 EV all-electric crossover SUV. Sales of the vehicle have been meager, so the implied message is that consumers aren’t interested in the RAV4 EV. A few weeks ago, I drove the car again—through a one-week loan from Toyota—and I was just as blown away as my two previous times behind the wheel. (See my drive More

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Toyota RAV4 EV first drive

For a while, the modern eco-friendly vehicle had a familiar silhouette, and it was Prius shaped. Now, though, Toyota is branching out in not only its electric range but its types of drive, and so we have the RAV4 EV, eschewing gas and fuel-cells altogether in favor of what could be the most pious interpretation of green driving so far. Still, when your engine and battery are provided by Tesla, the More

For a while, the modern eco-friendly vehicle had a familiar silhouette, and it was Prius shaped. Now, though, Toyota is branching out in not only its electric range but its types of drive, and so we have the RAV4 EV, eschewing gas and fuel-cells altogether in favor of what could be the most pious interpretation of green driving so far. Still, when your engine and battery are provided by Tesla, the More

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Toyota Now Offers RAV4 EV From $299/month, plus Unlimited Mileage Option

Toyota has announced a new leasing deal on the RAV4 EV in order to move the sales needle a little faster in California. To date, Toyota has sold 709 RAV4 EVs, and would like to move 2,600 by the end of next year for compliance reasons.
Ye Olde Fine Print

Ye Olde Fine Print

Starting this month, eligible buyers can lease a RAV4 EV from $299 per month with $3,999 due as a “driv More

Toyota has announced a new leasing deal on the RAV4 EV in order to move the sales needle a little faster in California. To date, Toyota has sold 709 RAV4 EVs, and would like to move 2,600 by the end of next year for compliance reasons.
Ye Olde Fine Print

Ye Olde Fine Print

Starting this month, eligible buyers can lease a RAV4 EV from $299 per month with $3,999 due as a “driv More

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Toyota Adds Discounts for Tesla-Powered RAV4 EV

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) is discounting its all-electric RAV4 through low-cost lease and loan offers to boost demand for the slow-selling compact crossover, powered by a Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) battery pack and motor.

Toyota, the world’s biggest maker of hybrid autos, this month is promoting the option of a $299-a-month, three-year lease for the $49,800 light truck, or a 60-month, no-in More

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) is discounting its all-electric RAV4 through low-cost lease and loan offers to boost demand for the slow-selling compact crossover, powered by a Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) battery pack and motor.

Toyota, the world’s biggest maker of hybrid autos, this month is promoting the option of a $299-a-month, three-year lease for the $49,800 light truck, or a 60-month, no-in More

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Toyota hunts RAV4 EV buyers as eco-SUV sales stall

Toyota will cut the cost of financing to boost sales of its electric vehicle range, the company has confirmed, after demand for models like the RAV4 EV proved less enthusiastic than predicted. The Japanese company had aimed to shift 2,600 RAV4 EVs – priced at around $50,000 apiece – by the end of next year, though sales from September 2012 to July 2013 amounted to 709 cars. Toyota isn’t alon More

Toyota will cut the cost of financing to boost sales of its electric vehicle range, the company has confirmed, after demand for models like the RAV4 EV proved less enthusiastic than predicted. The Japanese company had aimed to shift 2,600 RAV4 EVs – priced at around $50,000 apiece – by the end of next year, though sales from September 2012 to July 2013 amounted to 709 cars. Toyota isn’t alon More

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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV: Smart Energy Management

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Toyota RAV4 EV review

Pay no attention to the Toyota badge on the boot. This is Tesla’s first crossover, albeit one dressed in the sheet metal of Toyota’s last-generation compact SUV.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV is the $60 million (£39 million) baby born from the marriage of the Japanese automaker and its Silicon Valley partner. It’s running Tesla software, it’s packing a Tesla-developed ba More

Pay no attention to the Toyota badge on the boot. This is Tesla’s first crossover, albeit one dressed in the sheet metal of Toyota’s last-generation compact SUV.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV is the $60 million (£39 million) baby born from the marriage of the Japanese automaker and its Silicon Valley partner. It’s running Tesla software, it’s packing a Tesla-developed ba More

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Toyota’s electric retrofit of SUV feels half-baked

The good: The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV boasts an EPA range of 103 miles on its battery, and seems capable of more. The electric drive means low maintenance and running costs. Toyota Entune provides excellent connected features for monitoring charging.

The bad: The RAV4 EV has no option for quick charging, making minimum full recharge time 5 hours. Charging station locations could be better integ More

The good: The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV boasts an EPA range of 103 miles on its battery, and seems capable of more. The electric drive means low maintenance and running costs. Toyota Entune provides excellent connected features for monitoring charging.

The bad: The RAV4 EV has no option for quick charging, making minimum full recharge time 5 hours. Charging station locations could be better integ More

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My week with the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV

Last week our sponsor Toyota delivered a 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV to my house so I could drive it for a week. As soon as the friendly fellow who dropped it off went away, I jumped in and drove it around town. The first thing I noticed was how, in many ways, the 5-passenger More

Last week our sponsor Toyota delivered a 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV to my house so I could drive it for a week. As soon as the friendly fellow who dropped it off went away, I jumped in and drove it around town. The first thing I noticed was how, in many ways, the 5-passenger More

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The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV is the all-electric SUV I want with the range issues I can’t have

At Maker Faire, not far from the 3D printers and robotic bartenders, I found Toyota’s RAV4 EV. It might have a bit more spit and polish than the typical DIY project at Maker Faire, but it’s definitely the result of some art and craft.
Melissa RiofrioToyota engineers spent two years building an all-electric version of the RAV4 EV.

The engineers were given two years to shoehorn an More

At Maker Faire, not far from the 3D printers and robotic bartenders, I found Toyota’s RAV4 EV. It might have a bit more spit and polish than the typical DIY project at Maker Faire, but it’s definitely the result of some art and craft.
Melissa RiofrioToyota engineers spent two years building an all-electric version of the RAV4 EV.

The engineers were given two years to shoehorn an More

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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV Review

Toyota’s 2013 RAV4 EV is the automaker’s second go round of converting its small gasoline powered sport utility to an electric vehicle. From 1997 to 2003, 1,484 RAV4 EVs were leased or sold. Of those, Toyota says approximately 449 are still More

Toyota’s 2013 RAV4 EV is the automaker’s second go round of converting its small gasoline powered sport utility to an electric vehicle. From 1997 to 2003, 1,484 RAV4 EVs were leased or sold. Of those, Toyota says approximately 449 are still More

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The electric Rav4: Toyota body, Tesla heart

Last fall, Toyota started selling a new, all-electric version of its popular Rav4 in California. Chances are, you didn’t notice.

The company never blitzed the airwaves with ads, the way Nissan did for its electric Leaf or GM did for the Chevy Volt. The Rav4 EV, sold only in California, landed without any kind of PR splash at all. And it shows in the sales figures. By the end of February, More

Last fall, Toyota started selling a new, all-electric version of its popular Rav4 in California. Chances are, you didn’t notice.

The company never blitzed the airwaves with ads, the way Nissan did for its electric Leaf or GM did for the Chevy Volt. The Rav4 EV, sold only in California, landed without any kind of PR splash at all. And it shows in the sales figures. By the end of February, More

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Toyota RAV4 EV 2013: Quick Spin

Toyota overcomes its own recalcitrance on EVs to serve up one of the best yet

Toyota RAV4 EV

Quick Spin
Los Angeles, USA

What we liked:
>>Big muscles
>>Decent range More

Toyota overcomes its own recalcitrance on EVs to serve up one of the best yet

Toyota RAV4 EV

Quick Spin
Los Angeles, USA

What we liked:
>>Big muscles
>>Decent range More

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Californian 2013 RAV4 EV Boasts Impressive Mileage, Performance for All-Electric

Toyota’s new RAV4 variant, the RAV4 EV, is similar in appearance to other 2013 versions of the company’s line of crossovers. But it differs from the typical RAV4 in one crucial area – its all-electric powertrain.

Indeed, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV is an all-new addition to the RAV4 line for the current model year, and currently an exclusive for buyers in California; this falls well in l More

Toyota’s new RAV4 variant, the RAV4 EV, is similar in appearance to other 2013 versions of the company’s line of crossovers. But it differs from the typical RAV4 in one crucial area – its all-electric powertrain.

Indeed, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV is an all-new addition to the RAV4 line for the current model year, and currently an exclusive for buyers in California; this falls well in l More

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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV – electric glide machine with room to spare

Even non-electric car geeks can understand the RAV4 EV. It looks like and generally performs like a regular RAV4 crossover sport utility, but is electric-powered instead. Because of this, it is easier for the average person to see it as just another vehicle and while Toyota’s “Tesla project” isn’t exactly mainstream, it’s at least a good showcase of what an EV that co More

Even non-electric car geeks can understand the RAV4 EV. It looks like and generally performs like a regular RAV4 crossover sport utility, but is electric-powered instead. Because of this, it is easier for the average person to see it as just another vehicle and while Toyota’s “Tesla project” isn’t exactly mainstream, it’s at least a good showcase of what an EV that co More

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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV

How green is it? The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV gets an EPA estimated driving range of 103 miles, which means you can drive from Beverly Hills to Malibu and back without range anxiety. You did notice it’s not available in Chicago, right?

Pros & cons: Not to harp, but we’re really frustrated with the fact that they aren’t rolling this out to a wider audience until after 2014. And you More

How green is it? The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV gets an EPA estimated driving range of 103 miles, which means you can drive from Beverly Hills to Malibu and back without range anxiety. You did notice it’s not available in Chicago, right?

Pros & cons: Not to harp, but we’re really frustrated with the fact that they aren’t rolling this out to a wider audience until after 2014. And you More

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2013 Toyota RAV4, 2013 Tesla Model S, 2013 Honda CR-V: Top Videos Of The Week

Now that the holidays are over, maybe you are in the market for a new vehicle. If that’s the case, many of you seem to be interested in the new 2013 Toyota RAV4. Our video road test of this family crossover was our most watched video this week.

You also seem interested in learning why Green Car Reports named the 2013 Tesla Model S its Best Car To Buy 2013. In our video road test of th More

Now that the holidays are over, maybe you are in the market for a new vehicle. If that’s the case, many of you seem to be interested in the new 2013 Toyota RAV4. Our video road test of this family crossover was our most watched video this week.

You also seem interested in learning why Green Car Reports named the 2013 Tesla Model S its Best Car To Buy 2013. In our video road test of th More

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Toyota Offering Early Adopters Up To $17,500 Off of RAV4 EV Purchase

Nobody seems overly-impressed with the new Toyota RAV4 EV. With a price tag similar to the Tesla Model S, but less than half the range, and sales limited to just California, calls of “compliance car” were shouted by many a blog. But in an interesting twist, Toyota is offering buyers a chance to cut the RAV4 EV’s price down to a much more acceptable level.

Some Toyota dealers in Califo More

Nobody seems overly-impressed with the new Toyota RAV4 EV. With a price tag similar to the Tesla Model S, but less than half the range, and sales limited to just California, calls of “compliance car” were shouted by many a blog. But in an interesting twist, Toyota is offering buyers a chance to cut the RAV4 EV’s price down to a much more acceptable level.

Some Toyota dealers in Califo More

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In Detail: Toyota RAV4 EV

It’s no secret that our site closely follows every move of Tesla Motors. They have successfully launched an all-electric sports sedan to critical acclaim. They have a stimulating and opinionated CEO that also sends rockets into space. They’re b More

It’s no secret that our site closely follows every move of Tesla Motors. They have successfully launched an all-electric sports sedan to critical acclaim. They have a stimulating and opinionated CEO that also sends rockets into space. They’re b More

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USA: 2002 RAV4-EV for sale

Updated 12/18/2012

Howdy,

Mike has a buyer for his RAV 4 EV.
If anyone on this list is also interested in getting one of these 2002 models, contact me privately.
They come up for sale from time to time and I can send you the info when they do.

Adios,

Jerry

Pohorsky@comcast. net
*******
Howdy,

I have a RAV 4 EV and I also subscribe More

Updated 12/18/2012

Howdy,

Mike has a buyer for his RAV 4 EV.
If anyone on this list is also interested in getting one of these 2002 models, contact me privately.
They come up for sale from time to time and I can send you the info when they do.

Adios,

Jerry

Pohorsky@comcast. net
*******
Howdy,

I have a RAV 4 EV and I also subscribe More

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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV: Test Drive Review

If we aren’t yet past the old narrative that all electric cars are cheap and tiny egg-shaped golf carts, one trip in the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV should put that to bed.

The new generation of the RAV4 EV is one of the best examples yet of the viability of an electric future. It combines pleasing design, build quality, driving excitement, fuel economy and – here’s the kicker – utility lik More

If we aren’t yet past the old narrative that all electric cars are cheap and tiny egg-shaped golf carts, one trip in the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV should put that to bed.

The new generation of the RAV4 EV is one of the best examples yet of the viability of an electric future. It combines pleasing design, build quality, driving excitement, fuel economy and – here’s the kicker – utility lik More

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LA Auto Show: We Talk The Toyota RAV4, V6 Engines, And EVs With Toyota

I managed to catch Toyota’s Environmental Communications Manager, Jana Hartline, while her Rav4 EV was out being tested, and we had a lovely chat about Toyota’s plans for the future. As the full range vehicle manufacturer with the highest fleet MPG, they know a thing or two about building efficient vehicles.

Here’s the full interview, straight from the show floor.

There were a More

I managed to catch Toyota’s Environmental Communications Manager, Jana Hartline, while her Rav4 EV was out being tested, and we had a lovely chat about Toyota’s plans for the future. As the full range vehicle manufacturer with the highest fleet MPG, they know a thing or two about building efficient vehicles.

Here’s the full interview, straight from the show floor.

There were a More

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RAV4 EV joins forces with Tesla

Toyota has joined forces with Tesla Motor Corporation in a unique collaboration in shared technology – particularly battery technology. The development project resulting from this alliance is the all-electric 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV – claimed to be the world’s most aerodynamic SUV. It is expected to achieve an average range of 100 miles from a full charge and can be completely rechar More

Toyota has joined forces with Tesla Motor Corporation in a unique collaboration in shared technology – particularly battery technology. The development project resulting from this alliance is the all-electric 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV – claimed to be the world’s most aerodynamic SUV. It is expected to achieve an average range of 100 miles from a full charge and can be completely rechar More

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