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News Toyota And Tesla Reportedly Jointly Developing An SUV

Toyota And Tesla Reportedly Jointly Developing An SUV

Two industry giants, in their own respect, working together on a new EV can only lead to good things


  • Both brands are apparently contributing their well-known strengths.

  • This joint venture could have something to do with the $25,000 Tesla.

  • This is not the first time Tesla and Toyota have worked together.


To be clear, from what is known, both Tesla and Toyota are reportedly talking about bringing a new small electric SUV into this world. Both brands have developed specialties that, when combined, can only deliver a product that will not only deliver performance but that will be affordable.

Tesla Model 3 VIN 001
Tesla Model 3 VIN 001 | Photo: Tesla

 

This is why it could work: Tesla would, according to electrive’s story, handle software and electronics, while Toyota would contribute the actual vehicle platform. In other words, Toyota’s mass-production capabilities and Tesla’s electric drive systems would come together and create a decently agreeable, affordable, and well-assembled EV, in this case, an SUV, for the masses.

Beyond these general ideas, details on this small electric SUV are non-existent. To note, Tesla and Toyota worked together on a project way back in 2012. The result was the limited-run fully-electric Toyota RAV4.

Tesla’s Expansion Plans Could Include A Minivan And A $25,000 Car

If this joint project turns out to be real, the resulting vehicle could become, for Tesla, the $25,000 EV that was first reported last September. For Toyota, it could also become their first mass-volume EV for numerous global markets.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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