Electric Rav4

The Toyota 'RAV4 EV' concept - an electric vehicle jointly developed with Tcsla - has made its debut. A total of 35 vehicles will be built for demonstration and evaluation through 2011, with the introduction of a final production model in the

US in the following year.

The RAV4 EV concept is based on the currcnt Toyota RAV4 but fitted with a Tesla electric powertrain. The final production vehicle will have a claimed target range of 100 miles in 'real world' conditions.

'When we decided to work together on the RAV4 EV, we wanted to adopt a new development model that incorporated Tesla's streamlined, quick-action approach,' said Jim Lentz, president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor Sales USA.

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