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January 22, 2003

Toyota to Discontinue Electric Version of its RAV4

Toyota Motor Corporation announced on January 14th that it will discontinue production of its RAV4 EV, an all-electric sport utility vehicle, this spring. In a list of "Frequently Asked Questions" on the Toyota Web site, the company blamed low sales for its decision, saying that hybrid electric systems and other advanced technologies had a greater potential. Twenty-five Toyota dealerships sold just 216 RAV4 EVs from February to mid-November 2002. The announcement came just one week after the California Air Resources Board announced plans to delay its Zero-Emissions Vehicle program. See the Toyota RAV4 EV Web site.