A timeline of Toyota’s partnership with Tesla:
November 17, 2010
Toyota revealed the RAV4 EV at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The completion of this RAV4 EV represents an early milestone in Toyota’s unique collaboration project with Tesla. Many aspects of the partnership are still in the development stage. The technical and cosmetic features shown are targets for the fully engineered, market-ready RAV4 EV, planned to debut in the 2012 calendar year.
September 13, 2010
TMC announced debut of RAV4 EV at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
July 16, 2010
Tesla and TMC announced an agreement to initiate the development of an electric version of the RAV4, with the intent to market the EV in the United States in 2012. Prototypes will be made combining the Toyota RAV4 model with a Tesla electric powertrain. Tesla plans to produce and deliver a fleet of prototypes to Toyota for evaluation within this year. The first prototype has already been built and is now undergoing testing.
May 20, 2010
TMC announced a partnership with Tesla to cooperate on the development of electric vehicles, parts and production system and engineering support. Tesla seeks to learn and benefit from Toyota’s engineering, manufacturing, and production expertise, while Toyota aims to learn from Tesla’s EV technology, daring spirit, quick decision-making, and flexibility.