Tesla powered Toyota RAV4 fully revealed in L.A.

After a spot of bother with a teaser, Toyota finally revealed their RAV4 version that’s powered by Tesla.

Toyota RAV4 EV

Toyota RAV4 EV

Being one of the goodies of the Los Angeles Motor Show that’s nearly a production version there’s quite enough reason to be excited.

Well, in actual fact, if you’re one of the chaps that got a few thrills from reading this headline you should pace yourself.

Sadly, in terms of availability, up until 2012 you won’t be getting a Toyota RAV 4 that’s powered by Tesla. There is a slim chance for you if you’re one of the 35 lucky ones selected for the 2011 real world testing of the electric SUV.

Apparently, Toyota RAV 4 EV will be going through a similar testing the Mini E is already in.

Apart from that, the RAV 4 EV remains essentially remains the same Toyota you know and love. The Tesla powered model is 220 lbs more than a V6 model that has pretty much the same trim and options. Even though this is true, the performance is about the same.

Range figures will take a while to crop up but it’s nice to see the look of this Toyota RAV 4 EV is also pretty much unchanged from the normal version of the car.

Toyota RAV4 EV

Toyota RAV4 EV

The only styling exception that’s noticeable is the lack of a radiator grille but that’s to be expected as there isn’t really a big V6 engine to cool down any more.

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