With small recreational vehicles being the 'hot cakes' of the 21st century, Toyota and Tesla were rumoured to be working on a RAV4-sized electric vehicle. And then there were earlier reports indicating that two RAV4 and Lexus RX350 test mules were given to Tesla from Toyota for engineering purposes, hinting further of the possibility of a RAV4 EV.
Toyota then announced a RAV4 EV would be on the market by 2012, confirming earlier speculations that these two 'test mules' were in fact handed over for development reasons.
But as these test mules didn't seem to show much progress, the production launch of 2012 became a bit too optimistic for speculators, and that a launch date in the distant future was more likely.
Toyota has now announced the RAV4 EV will be released to the public eye at the Los Angles Auto Show in November. This confirms that the two companies are indeed serious about releasing an all-electric soft-roader and that it should be in the showrooms by 2012.
Reports say the Tesla-developed Toyota RAV4 EV will have a range of 240km per charge and be priced at around US$40,000 (around AU$42,800, minus taxes and delivery). We'll keep you updated as the show progresses.