Ariel Schwartz

Tesla Working on Electric RAV4, Lexus RX Prototypes for Toyota

by , 07/14/10

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Remember how Toyota announced last month that it plans to build an electric vehicle with Tesla? It looks like things are moving relatively quickly–at least compared to Tesla’s normally turtle-like  turnaround time.  Tesla is reportedly working on electrified versions of the Toyota RAV4 and Lexus RX trucks to be delivered to Toyota later this month.

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Eventually, Toyota will probably put Tesla‘s battery packs in a Corolla EV prototype, but the RAV4 and Lexus RX are ideal for initial testing because of their weight. Toyota hasn’t revealed when it might commercially release a Tesla-powered EV, but the company claims that a prototype will be ready to show off later this year. In any case, we can look forward to a hybrid Prius Minivan in 2011.

Via BusinessWeek

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