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

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

According to the Chunichi Shimbun daily newspaper, the vehicle - which will be based on a new platform - will go on sale in 2022.

The vehicle will use a new solid-state type of battery that is expected to reduce charging time down to a few minutes while significantly increasing the vehicle's range.

By using solid-state batteries instead of the lithium-ion cells used by the likes of Nissan, Tesla and BMW today, Toyota believes it can achieve a longer range than current electric cars, while cutting recharge time from nearly an hour to just a few minutes. So far, Toyota has declined to comment on the report.

"There's a pretty long distance between the lab bench and manufacturing", said CLSA auto analyst Christopher Richter. How quickly the new EVs will catch on would also depend largely on battery costs.

In the past Toyota hasn't been very supportive of fully electric vehicles and instead chose to push its energy towards fuel cell vehicles, like the Mirai.

Other automakers such as BMW are also working on developing all-solid-state batteries, eyeing mass production in the next 10 years. Plus solid-state batteries use solid electrolytes than than liquid ones, which make them safer than lithium-ion batteries.

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