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Old 01-02-2009, 12:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Toyota and Panasonic were sued by Chevron (who bought the patent from GM) for 30 million dollars for infringing on their patent for large format Ni-MH batteries, so they couldn't make any more batteries for the RAV4EV. So after losing a bunch of money on the small-scale RAV4EV program and not being able to get any more batteries for the EV's, so naturally they dropped the EV program once CARB eliminated the EV requirement. At least Toyota is still supporting the RAV4EV's they sold through their dealer network, rather then sending them all to the crusher and washing their hands of the matter like GM did with the EV-1.
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