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Toyota will be unveiling its second-generation RAV4 EV in concept form at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, which begins on November 17. Ahead of it, the company has released a couple of images of the vehicle’s badging and instrument dial as a teaser.

It has certainly been a long while coming, the replacement for the original NiMH-equipped RAV4 EV – built on the first-generation XA10 RAV4 4-door platform – which the company leased in the US from 1997 to 2003.

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The new RAV4 EV, sitting on a third-gen RAV4 XA30 platform, is the first development brought about by the collaboration between Toyota and Tesla Motors to develop battery-powered vehicles.

The SUV will feature a lithium-ion battery supplied by Tesla and is planned to have its market introduction in the US in 2012. No details have been released as yet, but the debut in LA should take care of that.