The 845.5-pound elephant in the room

Gregory D. Bernas, Chief Engineer “ Product Development Office, Toyota Technical Center, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA) talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV.

In a recent article entitled 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV  – The 845.5-pound elephant in the room, with Bill Fay. Gregory D. Bernas is Chief Engineer in the Product Development Office (PDO) Department of Toyota Technical Center (TTC), USA, Inc., likened working with Tesla as a skunkworks, creating a car on the fly, literally. There would be Tesla software engineers in the back of the car, and each time there was an issue with the way the car handled the software engineer would rework a piece of script, refresh and Toyota would drive the car again.

What does Bernas say that Toyota learned from Tesla? How important was Tesla’s software engineer in creating Toyota’s final product?

The Tesla S is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, the Toyota RAV4 EV is a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Did Toyota use the same powertrain that is in the Tesla S? Toyota has its own EV powertrain for sedans. They probably wouldn’t do an EV on a Sequoia or Tundra. If Toyota were going to do another project with Tesla what would it be?

What did Tesla learn from Toyota?