After almost two years since Toyota Motor Corp announced its collaboration with Tesla Motors, the Japanese automaker plans to unveil its RAV 4 EV at the 26th World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition (EVS) on May 7.
Details on the production model have yet to be revealed, but in concept form, the RAV4 EV features an electric drivetrain developed together with Tesla, including the motor and lithium-ion battery pack.
While Toyota will be responsible for the vehicle and its production which will be carried out at the company plant in Ontario, Canada, Tesla will supply the battery, motor and gear box along with power electronics for the same.
The company, which previously built electric powered RAVs in the late 1990s, said it expects the new version to compete effectively against the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and other electric and plug-in-hybrid models coming to market soon.
For now, all we get is this underwhelming teaser image of the RAV4 EV’s “Electric” badge. We’ll have all the specs next week when the RAV4 EV is officially outed.