Toyota EVs With Long-Range Solid-State Batteries Due 2022

Jul 26, 2017, 00:51
Toyota EVs With Long-Range Solid-State Batteries Due 2022

Toyota's reticence about pure electrics has been linked to insufficient range now offered by lithium-ion batteries, making their use unappealing in smaller cars.

According to reports in The Wall Street Journal and Japan's Chunichi Shimbun, Toyota is in the "production engineering" stage of building an electric vehicle (EV) battery with a solid electrolyte. This will thus be a long-range fast-charging electric vehicle.

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Toyota's new electric auto, to be built on an all-new platform, will use all-solid-state batteries, allowing it to be recharged in just a few minutes, the newspaper said, without citing sources.

A new type of battery being developed by Toyota might just be the solution to those problems.

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Toyota has not commented on Chunichi Shimbun's report directly, but a company spokeswoman told Reuters that Toyota seeks to commercialize solid-state batteries by the early 2020s. FT- EV III concept electric vehicle on display during the China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China, on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Six years ago we reported that Toyota was working with the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization to develop a new solid-state battery with a 600 mile range, which would be quick to charge and cheap to build.

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"The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society's needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge", said "the father of the Prius", Toyota Vice Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, in 2012.

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