Tesla And Toyota Working On RAV4 EV

It’s kind of crazy to think just ten years ago, the SUV craze was hitting its stride. Personally, I never bought into the whole SUV craze (I like nimble vehicles, thank you). There is, however, something to say about the utility and usefulness of a good-sized SUV though, and even today, I still see plenty of these hulking behemoths on the road. So Americans still like SUV’s.

I guess it’s a good thing then that Toyota and Tesla are working together to build an all-electric version of the RAV4. Not exactly my cup of tea as far as SUV’s go, but it’s a damn popular car. Plus, it’s size means it could carry a larger battery for longer range.

Apparently, Toyota and Tesla have signed an agreement to start work on an electric RAV4 that would be powered by Tesla’s technology. The goal is to have the RAV4 EV on market no latter than 2012, which seems to suggest Tesla and Toyota are in this for the long haul. A prototype is already built and testing is under way.

Now there is no doubt an EV version of the RAV4 would cost more than a standard car. The current MSRP is between $21,675 and $27,985. Let us say, for the sake of argument, that this RAV4 EV came with a 200 mile range (which the current Roadster is capable of doing, when driven gently). How much would you be willing to pay for an all-electric SUV?

Source: Tesla | Image: Toyota

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.