Toyota Focuses On Hydrogen Fuel Cells as RAV4 EV Deal With Tesla Ends | Edmunds

Toyota Focuses On Hydrogen Fuel Cells as RAV4 EV Deal With Tesla Ends


Just the Facts:
  • Toyota told Edmunds it will focus on the market preparation for the arrival in 2015 of its hydrogen fuel-cell sedan as a Toyota RAV4 EV deal with Tesla Motors expires later this year.
  • "We are also evaluating the RAV4 EV program and will have more to say at a later date," wrote Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman.
  • Tesla Motors announced in a regulatory filing that it expected the battery-supply deal for the RAV4 EV to end in 2014.

TORRANCE, California Toyota told Edmunds it will focus on the market preparation for the arrival in 2015 of its hydrogen fuel-cell sedan as a Toyota RAV4 EV deal with Tesla Motors expires later this year.

"We are also evaluating the RAV4 EV program and will have more to say at a later date," wrote Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman.

Tesla Motors announced in a regulatory filing that it expected the battery-supply deal for the RAV4 EV to end in 2014.

In July 2011, Tesla agreed to supply Toyota with the electric powertrain system, including a battery pack, charging system and software for the electric version of the Toyota RAV4.

"Our contract called for Tesla to supply approximately 2,500 battery-electric powertrains — over approximately a three-year period — for the RAV4 EV," Michels wrote. "We anticipate that volume will be achieved this year. We have a good relationship with Tesla and will evaluate the feasibility of working together on future projects."

He added: "We offer a wide range of advanced technologies that reduce or eliminate emissions and suit customers' diverse needs. Our focus this year will be market preparation for the arrival in 2015 of our 300-mile range, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell four-door sedan in California and the development of hydrogen refueling stations to support that technology."

Michels said the winding down of the supply deal with Tesla "is not unexpected."

"Keep in mind also that the RAV4 EV is based on the previous generation that hasn't been in production for more than two years," he said.

The Toyota FCV or Fuel Cell Vehicle concept made its first U.S. appearance at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, with the company promising affordability when the car goes on sale here in 2015 and a better hydrogen infrastructure.

Toyota said the FCV will be launched initially in California.

Edmunds says: Toyota sees the future of the zero-emissions vehicle as hydrogen power.

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