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

Muriel Hammond
July 26, 2017

An upcoming electric auto from Toyota will feature a new type of battery that charges faster and significantly increases driving range.

According to the Japanese newspaper, the new electric vehicle will be launched at first in Japan in 2022.

For many years, Toyota believed plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are the future, but last year the company made a decision to switch its focus on completely electric vehicles.

Which is bang on Toyota's target for EVs we reported on in 2011. "2022 is ages away, and a lot can change in the meantime". Solid-state batteries can be made smaller and lighter than the lithium-ion batteries that now power electric vehicles, but engineering such a battery at an attractive price point for mass production has been a challenge. The slowly dropping costs of EVs are, of course, tied to the dropping costs of battery manufacture, but batteries remain the single most expensive component in EVs.

While Toyota has developed a reputation for making hybrids and plug-in hybrid vehicles, namely with its Prius family, it chose to develop the hydrogen-powered Mirai instead of a dedicated electric vehicle.

The automaker plans to start mass production of electric vehicles in China by 2019. Solid-state batteries also hold the promise of offering roughly twice the energy density of lithium-ion and other "liquid" batteries per pound, which makes their use in EVs attractive once the technology is perfected and commercialized.

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