2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Will Be Built In Canada

Yesterday Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC) announced it will increase RAV4 production at its Woodstock, Ontario plant with plans also to produce the 2012 RAV4 EV.

Previously Toyota had only said the second-generation electric RAV would be built in North America, but now it has specified the vehicle made in collaboration with Tesla will be made in Canada.

The RAV 4 EV was first shown at the 2010 LA Auto Show. Its range was them estimated at 100 miles and acceleration was said to be equal to the gasoline-powered RAV4, despite a weight penalty of 220 pounds.

Like the Scion iQ, the RAV4 EV does not let its Tesla-made batteries impede interior space and will retain its full 74 cubic feet of cargo room.

Overall plans for Woodstock will see its annual assembly line capacity increased from 150,000 vehicles to 200,000 as part of an $80 million [CAD] initiative to create more jobs while increasing greener, more efficient vehicles.

TMMC Chairman Ray Tanguay said the company is optimistic that the market is coming back and it is grateful for the strong sales of the RAV4 in the North American market.

Further touting the company’s position, Brian Krinock, President of TMMC said the Canadian workers are doing a particularly good job, and implicitly represent a worthwhile investment for more production.

“From the moment TMMC opened the Woodstock plant, Team Members have consistently built quality in to each and every RAV4,” Krinock said. “Our customers recognize and appreciate their skill.”

Aside from the Woodstock plant, TMMC has two more in Cambridge, ON, employs approximately 6,500, and manufactures the Corolla, Matrix, RAV4, and the Lexus RX 350 vehicles.

Last year, Toyota noted it would be evaluating 35 RAV4 EV test mules based on Canadian-built RAV4s that also made use of “additional components built in Palo Alto, Calif.”

Now that TMMC has confirmed the production version will be built beginning some time this year at the plant from which the prototypes had also originated, we still await more details regarding production plans and pricing.

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  • MrEnergyCzar

    Nice. I don’t think it will have all wheel drive at first…..


  • Disgruntled

    WTF happened to the RAV4 hybrid? 100 mile range? Are they kidding?

  • Van

    I, too, think an EV with only 100 mile range or less is inadequate. Now that several thousand EV’s with 100 miles or less are on the road, perhaps they should be surveyed to see how “range anxiety” impacts usage and perceived value.

    Where I live, I would need 120 miles or more (i.e trip to LAX and back) for the car to service my needs, except for trips where a rental would suffice.

    I am really looking forward to the second generation batteries which should provide 42 KWh of capacity for the same cost as the current 20 to 25 KWh EV’s.

  • Roy_H

    We’ve known for a long time that the RAV4-EV was going to be built at Woodstock. The question is, when will it be on the market?

    I know 100 mile range is considered minimum for EVs, but you got to start somewhere. Many people will consider that adequate, and as sales increase, the price will come down and next generation batteries will bump up the range 50% or more.

  • Mr. Fusion

    Probably a test platform for the future. When batteries get better and cheaper we’ll see AWD/4WD and longer ranges.

    Anybody hear of an estimated price for this beauty?

  • Disgruntled

    Who wants to rely on a test platform?

  • Jack Renuaer

    Canada isn’t part of North America? Hmmm….

    Anyway, 100 miles is very unfortunate, especially having the Tesla name on the powertrain. Not sure of the strategy here but let’s see what happens with Tesla’s $30000 vehicle offering. I’m guessing there may be a sedan and small suv at this price with a much larger range. Also remember that the RAV4 is not an EV by design so I would expect Toyota to start with a fresh sheet for their REAL EV (Powered by Tesla of course)

  • Shae

    I’ve read an article that says, there’s a lot of costumers appealed for the oil leaking in their Toyota branded vehicle. I hope this one doesn’t have that issue. Thanks.

    Shae from cheminée design 

  • Caveman

    I think it all depends onm who is doing the checking of these designs at the business