5th September 2013
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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV [w/video]

Tesla-Hearted Toyota Offers Real Sport And Utility The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is the most advanced Alpha prototype electric vehicle we've ever driven. Or maybe it's a poster child for the 21st Century automotive industry where all sorts of new things are being tried, like when old-school automakers and ambitious start-ups find common purpose in rushing an all-electric crossover to market in two years. Or maybe it's the end result of a decade-long process of getting ...
3rd September 2013
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Toyota sending RAV4 EV on Charge-to-Charge Tour of California

Anyone who's California Dreamin' about test-driving the battery-electric version of the Toyota RAV4 can now get their chance. The Japanese automaker is taking the EV on a tour of the Golden State with its Charge-to-Charge Tour, complete with a web series hosted by Treehugger founder Graham Hill. The tour started this past weekend in Richmond, just across the bay from San Francisco, and will work its way south through the end of the month. The RAV4 will ...
3rd September 2013
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Autoblog Podcast #322

Autoblog Podcast #322

2014 Jeep Cherokee, Tesla profit, 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Ford Atlas chief designer Gordon Platto Episode #322 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Tesla's cautious announcement of a first-quarter profit, the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and Zach and Dan share an interview with Gordon Platto, chief designer for the Ford Atlas Concept truck from this year's Detroit Auto ...
2nd September 2013
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Ready Already: Toyota Rav4 EV by Tesla to Debut in Los Angeles

In one of the quickest turnarounds we’ve seen in years, the Toyota RAV4 EV that Tesla only agreed to build for the Japanese giant four months ago will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. To be fair, by the time the companies announced the project, they already had a prototype built. Still, considering how fast they got a show car together, it’s likely that the drivetrain and battery system are very ...
31st August 2013
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Panasonic Gives Tesla A $30-Million Jolt Of Cash For Powertrain Development

Electrons are small. You may think that dead pixel on your computer screen is small, but it’s a city block compared to an electron. This may be why many people don’t understand how hard it is to store enough of them to power a car. Two companies with an intimate knowledge of the problem are electric car pioneer Tesla, and electronics giant Panasonic. This week, the Japanese tech company announced it was investing $30 Million into ...
30th August 2013
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Supra successor may be all-electric sourced from Tesla; MR2 returning too?

Rumors of a revival of the Toyota Supra and MR2 have been swirling for years right up until just this week when high-level Toyota employees all but confirmed their return. But now The Detroit Bureau has put together news from different sources suggesting that the next Supra might be all electric. The report cites recent comments from Toyota senior executives hinting at plans to work with Tesla on a new joint project. The FT-HS Concept (shown ...
29th August 2013
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California’s “Compliance” Electric Cars Unseen in Most of U.S. but Impact Felt Everywhere

If you live outside California, some of the state’s laws may seem dumbfounding. Take the “compliance car” laws recently enacted. According to the law, by 2025, all automakers selling at least 20,000 cars per year in the Golden State will have to have 15 percent of their fleet made up by zero-emissions vehicles. Fifteen percent is a lot, so much that automakers are ...
28th August 2013
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Toyota to Pay Tesla $60 Million to Develop RAV4 EVs

In July of this year, we brought you news that Silicon Valley electric vehicle start-up Tesla and Japanese automotive powerhouse Toyota had inked a deal to build electric Toyota RAV4s and today we have more details about the partnership. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Tesla has revealed more details about the nature of its partnership with Toyota. Under the terms of the agreement, Tesla will develop a battery, motor, gearbox, “power electronics ...
28th August 2013
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Tesla Buys $15 Million of Equipment and Parts From NUMMI Plant

The NUMMI venture between Toyota and General Motors may be long gone, but some of that partnership’s parts and equipment will live on with Tesla. The electric vehicle company just bought $15 million worth of assets from the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California. This follows Tesla’s agreement to purchase the plant for about $42 million. In July, Tesla and Toyota announced an electric version of the 2012 Toyota RAV4 SUV would be produced. It’s possible the purchase ...
26th August 2013
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Google Obtains License For Driverless Car, Johnny Cabs To Follow Soon

Watch out, citizens of Nevada. Just as it had threatened, Google has finally obtained a license for its driverless car. The Nevada DMV approved the nation’s first autonomous license, after its officials rode along with the self-driving Toyota Prius and discovered that it drove better on the Las Vegas Strip than your average hung-over, sleep-deprived Midwestern tourist.┬áNevada DMV director Bruce Breslow even went ...
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