Toyota elects to build RAV4 EV in Canadian plant

By Editors on August 5, 2011 1:11 PM

While confirming that electric-car experts Tesla will supply the entire electric powertrain -- including the battery, motor, gearbox and power electronics -- for its upcoming RAV4 EV, Toyota has decided to do final assembly work on the vehicle at its primary RAV4 facility in Woodstock, Canada, not at Tesla's base operation in Palo Alto, California, as many originally envisioned. Tesla, will provide these key components under terms of a previously announced $100-million contract.

"The Tesla-Toyota joint development team has agreed that building the vehicle at the Woodstock plant on the same line as the gasoline-powered RAV4 will streamline and simplify the production process and guarantee the highest level of quality control," said Ray Tanguay, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Chairman, who hosted officials at the plant today and thanked them for their support. "This is a great example of Toyota's determination to collaborate with companies with leading edge technology."

The Toyota RAV4 EV will go on sale in 2012, along with the new Prius v van variant, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid and an electric version of the Scion iQ. A Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle also is on the horizon, and is set to arrive in showrooms by 2015.