Tesla to Stop Supplying Toyota With Batteries for RAV4 EV

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Tesla has announced its deal to supply Toyota with battery packs for the RAV4 EV will conclude this year.

Toyota owns 2.4 percent stake in Tesla, and said in May 2012 that it would purchase components for 2,600 RAV4 EVs over the course of three years. The Japanese automaker is expected to end the current RAV4 EV model this year, so Tesla expects the production activities under the program to end this year.

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The supply deal has generated $15.1 million of revenue for the American electric automaker in the quarter that ended March 31. Conclusion of the program comes as Tesla gears up to expand global sales of its Model S and is getting ready to produce its Model X crossover, which will begin deliveries in 2015.

Toyota has not revealed what its plans are for the future of the RAV4 EV model.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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