From 1997 to 2003, Toyota produced around 1,500 RAV4 electric vehicles, offering them for lease mainly to other companies as fleet vehicles. Well, as the clock ticks on the leases, Toyota has reversed its policy that the vehicles must be returned to them, allowing electric car-enthuiasts more time with their electro-cute-utes. Nice image move for the #1 Japanese automaker, more egg on the face of GM, who famously took its EV1s away for crushing in the face of highly-publicized protests.
Toyota will let drivers keep their electric vehicles [Duluth News Tribune]
Electric Car Dispute Leads to Arrests [Internal]