The RAV4 EV combines Toyota’s compact SUV body with Tesla’s electric powertrain

Toyota’s electric RAV4 will make its first public appearance at the Los Angeles motor show next week.

The RAV4 EV concept, developed together with Tesla, combines Toyota’s compact SUV body with Tesla’s electric powertrain.

The joint venture will prove beneficial for both companies, allowing Tesla to learn from Toyota's manufacturing expertise and likewise, Toyota to learn from Tesla's EV technology.

Although the electric RAV4 will go on sale in the US in 2012, the company has said that it is not planned for the UK.

Toyota has already sold around 1900 first generation electric RAV4s between 1996 and 2003 - the first vehicle in the world to be powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery.

Specifications and further details of the new RAV4 will be announced at the LA motor show.

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14 November 2010

Should be quickish then.

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