2012 Toyota RAV4 EV will be available to the general public

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Toyota Motor Corporation and Tesla Motors have been working together on the second-generation Toyota RAV4 EV electric vehicle since 2010, with the goal of mass production in mind.

This information comes despite recent news stories that have incorrectly reported that the new electric RAV4 will be restricted to fleet duty and car sharing programs, but this isn't the case. In fact, Toyota Motor Corporation has released a statement outlining the true intention for the 2012 RAV4 EV.

"The 2012 RAV4 EV will definitely be sold to the general public," said Toyota. "We anticipate robust public interest in the RAV4 EV and are keen to inform consumers that their future vehicle options include a battery electric Toyota."

The first-generation RAV4 EV was introduced way back in 1997 and was discontinued after the 2003 model year. It was available for sale or lease in California only, and approximately 1,500 first-generation RAV4 EVs were leased and/or sold to consumers. The latest RAV4 EV will debut nearly ten years after the demise of the original and it's expected that the second-generation version will not be restricted to just the Californian market.

In addition to the RAV4 EV, Toyota will also release a second battery electric vehicle in 2012. Toyota's youth oriented brand Scion will debut its iQ EV electric vehicle in 2012 to accompany the new Toyota. Like the RAV4 EV, the Scion iQ EV is an electric version of a gasoline-powered model. While the RAV4 EV will be available to the public, the Scion will only be available for fleet use and car sharing programs.

Many Californians lamented the demise of the RAV4 EV back in 2003, and many more prospective buyers outside of California were disappointed with not being able to purchase a RAV4 EV at all. The collaboration between Toyota and Tesla ensures that the RAV4 EV will finally return to market, and as Toyota has confirmed, the 2012 RAV4 EV will be available to the general public.
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Topics: SUV, EV, Toyota, 2012, RAV4 EV, Electric,

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