10 May '12, 3pm

Toyota Goes All-Electric With Tesla’s Help : Greentech Media via @greentechmedia

Toyota Goes All-Electric With Tesla’s Help : Greentech Media via @greentechmedia

Electric drive lessons learned the hard way by Tesla Motors have made it possible for Toyota, a pioneer in both battery-electric and hybrid drive technology, to bring its new all-electric RAV4 to market in record time. Though not confirmed by Toyota, it is pretty obvious that the makers of the Prius, the hybrid drive market leader, got a little nervous in 2009 to 2010 when it became obvious competition was eminent -- in car market time -- from Nissan’s all-electric LEAF and GM’s plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volt . Toyota’s solution for getting back in the race quickly was to make a deal with Tesla. Inked in 2010, the deal allowed Toyota to put a Tesla-designed and -produced battery and electric powertrain into its very popular RAV4, which, as chronicled in the now infamous Who Killed the Electric Car? documentary, was one of the pioneering vehicles that almost led the unr...

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