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Discussion in 'News' started by sajeevar, Jun 1, 2013.
What Do Toyota And Mercedes See In Tesla? A Bit Of Themselves - Forbes
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?
Yes, the Rav4 EV is assembled in Canada, where they build all the regular Rav4s. The drive trains are built in California.
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).
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.