Later this week, Toyota will unveil the RAV4 EV, a vehicle packing Tesla-developed technology, at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The battery-powered SUV could be the vehicle that convinces other automakers, Toyota and Daimler included, to license Tesla's electric vehicle technologies for use in their own models. Well, at least that's what Tesla chief executive officer, Elon Musk, hopes will happen shortly after the curtain is lifted from the RAV4 EV.

While speaking with the Nikkei (sub. req.), a Japanese news outlet, Musk revealed the automakers intentions:
...Tesla has already contacted tie-up partners Toyota and Daimler AG and asked them if they are interested in licensing its technologies.Tesla is also interested in joining hands with Toyota in the area of customer service, adding that Tesla's cars could be serviced at Toyota facilities.
Striking a single deal with one automaker, like Tesla did with Toyota, is one thing; licensing technology to numerous manufacturers could seriously increase Tesla's clout in the industry.

[Source: Nikkei (sub. req.) via Green Car Congress]