Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing , Crossover , Toyota , Canada , Tesla , Electric All 2012 RAV4 EV models destined for the U.S. will be manufactured in Ontario, Canada, according to Toyota Motor North America senior vice-president Ray Tanguay. Speaking on the sidelines of the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI, Tanguay told Ward’s Auto : “Yes, we’re just going into final details right now. Obviously we’re not going to [import it from] Japan – that would make no sense. ” Tanguay says Toyota’s factory in Woodstock, Ontario, current site of production for all U.S.-bound RAV4 s, will easily accommodate assembly of the electrified crossover. The precise on-sale date of the RAV4 EV is, according to Tanguay, “still in negotiation,” but Toyota has committed to 2012 for its retail launch. Furthermore, Tanguay says: “We don’t know the spec; we don’t know the content. All we know basically is we have an agreement to develop this with Tesla , and we have to assemble that vehicle in North America. To back up Tanguay’s words, Toyota today confirmed that Ontario will be the site of production for the RAV4 EV. For the official press release, click through to the jump.
Toyota and Tesla Announce Decision to Build RAV4 Electric Vehicle at Toyota’s Woodstock, Ontario Production Facility
Woodstock, Ontario (August 5, 2011)—Toyota and Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla) confirmed today that their jointly-developed RAV4 electric vehicle will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC) in Woodstock, Ontario beginning in 2012.
Filed under: Crossover , Toyota , Electric , Quick Spin A Solid Electric CUV, For A Prototype Toyota RAV4 EV – Click above for high-res image gallery Ahh, the joys of driving a prototype vehicle. During the annual Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar in San Diego, California this week, Toyota brought in a handful of all-electric RAV4 EVs for us to tool around in, but there were some caveats: The route was decidedly highway-free; when it rained one afternoon, we were told it would be better to wait to drive the cars; and one journalist had a problem with his vehicle that made it sluggish. The biggest asterisk in the whole program, though, was that the RAV4 EVs we were testing are only a pale shadow of what the real RAV4 EVs will be like when Toyota releases them in the first quarter of 2012. Why’s that? Because the current fleet of new RAV4 EVs was an intentional rush job by Toyota’s partner Tesla Motors to get vehicles into auto shows and on the road. A completely separate batch is being built to really get this model ready for production, and it will operate differently than the ones we got to drive this week. Still, we learned a lot about what’s coming by checking out what’s here today. Continue reading Quick Spin: Toyota RAV4 EV … Gallery: Toyota RAV4 EV: Quick Spin Photos copyright (C)2011 Sebastian Blanco / AOL Quick Spin: Toyota RAV4 EV originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .