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Forbes: What Do Toyota And Mercedes See In Tesla? A Bit Of Themselves

Discussion in 'News' started by sajeevar, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. sajeevar

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    VolkerP EU Model S P-37

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    I don't think the last sentence is fully correct. AFAIK the RAV4 EV is assembled somewhere else (Canada?). Perhaps the drive trains are produced in Fremont. But I thought that $100m of the govt loan where for a drive train production facility in Menlo park. Can anyone shed light on this?
     
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    Yes, the Rav4 EV is assembled in Canada, where they build all the regular Rav4s. The drive trains are built in California.
     
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    I think that all these brands (Tesla, Toyota and Mercedes) have features that could be of interest for each other.
    For instance I saw the new Lexus IS (as it's very well known Lexus is the luxury brand of Toyota) and I have been amazed by its safety standards. The Lexus IS has pedestrian and obstacle detection and avoidance both for the front side and the rear side, ACC, blind spot detection.
    I hope that one day Model S and Gen III will have all these features (including AWD and power folding mirrors).
     
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    Yeah, I think the article is off on their claims of where the Rav4 EV assembled. It contradicts Toyota | Toyota and Tesla Announce Decision to Build RAV4 Electric Vehicle at Toyota's Woodstock, Ontario Production Facility.

    As for $100 million, if you're talking about the $ Toyota paid Tesla, it's in TSLA's SEC filings. Toyota Rav4 EV Forum View topic - Why did Toyota build Rav4 EV? What happens after 2014 ? has an excerpt. If you Google for some keywords in from excerpts, you can find the filings in question.
     

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