Carson Toyota Confirms, Tesla Motors & Toyota Formalize Agreement To Produce Electric Version Of RAV4
July 28, 2010 – Carson, Calif. – Carson Toyota confirms, Toyota Motors and Tesla Motors have signed an agreement to initiate the development of an electric version of the RAV4, as announced in May of this year by Elon Musk and Akio Toyoda.
Toyota Motors and Tesla Motors aim is to develop and market electric vehicles in the United States in 2012, with prototypes that will combine Toyota RAV4 model with a Tesla electric powertrain.
“This is will be a great partnership that will offer innovative and technological advancements within electric vehicle models,” said Carson Toyota’s General Sales Manager, Marty Brylski. “I’m excited to see the production of the Toyota RAV4, which will offer automobile consumers a new line of options,” he said.
In May, Tesla and Toyota announced their intent to cooperate on the development of electric vehicles, parts, and production system and engineering support. Tesla seeks to learn and benefit from Toyota’s engineering, manufacturing, and production expertise, while Toyota aims to learn from Tesla’s electric vehicle technology, daring spirit, quick decision-making, and flexibility.
Tesla plans to produce and deliver a fleet of prototypes to Toyota for evaluation within this year. The first prototype has already been built and is now undergoing testing.
Toyota introduced the first-generation Prius hybrid vehicle in 1997, and the company plans to introduce new electric vehicles into the market by 2012.
Tesla’s goal is to produce increasingly affordable electric cars for mainstream buyers – relentlessly driving down the cost of electric vehicles. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components, and is currently the only automaker in the U.S. that builds and sells highway-capable electric vehicles in serial production.
Carson Toyota has been serving Southern California residents since 1974. With an inventory of more than 1,000 new and pre-owned vehicles in stock, a knowledgeable sales staff, expert factory-trained technicians and a state-of-the-art parts and service department on more than 10 acres, Carson Toyota is one of the highest volume Toyota dealerships in the nation. Visit Carson Toyota today at 1333 233rd Street in Carson, Calif. or carsontoyota.com.
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