Tesla announced last week that it was working on two all-electric prototype vehicles for Toyota, and now an anonymous source has revealed which models to Bloomberg Businessweek: the RAV4 and Lexus RX.
The two SUVs are reportedly a better fit for the weight of the batteries than the ubiquitous Corolla or the Prius hybrid.
Toyota is mostly interested in checking out Tesla's battery pack technology, which uses hundreds of lithium-ion cells normally used in consumer electronics instead of typical car batteries.
It could also help Panasonic, which makes batteries for Toyota's hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars, develop more efficient battery packs from scratch. Tesla currently uses stock batteries normally sold to laptop manufacturers.
Toyota recently invested $50 million and signed a $42 million deal that will allow Tesla to manufacture its Model S sedan at the NUMMI plant in Fremont.
Jackson West can hardly wait to be run over by an all-electric RAV4 while riding his bike.