Toyota in "production engineering" for a solid state battery, WSJ says

Jul 26, 2017, 00:48
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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.

Solid-state batteries use solid electrolytes, as opposed to the liquid ones used in lithium-ion batteries, making them safer. This will thus be a long-range fast-charging electric auto.

Toyota is working on developing an electric vehicle with a fast charging battery, the Chunichi Shimbun reported on Tuesday.

A Toyota spokesperson told Reuters the company is aiming to commercialize the new batteries by the early 2020s.

A new type of battery being developed by Toyota might just be the solution to those problems. Electric vehicles now use lithium-ion batteries, so it will be interesting to see if Toyota manages to push all-solid-state batteries to mainstream production. This gives it both a lower chance of overheating and a higher energy density, which should theoretically allow a vehicle to travel much greater distances before needing to be recharged. FT- EV III concept electric vehicle on display during the China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China, on Saturday, November 21, 2015. But before solid-state gets here, Toyota still plans to dive into the world of EVs with lithium-ion-powered cars.

Toyota has chose to sell the new model in Japan as early as 2022, the paper said.

Toyota has been pretty quiet about its future EV plans, but a new report says that Toyota is preparing a new electric auto that will be introduced in 2022.

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