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

Toyota Plans To Change The EV Game By 2022 - Isn't Tesla Too Far Already?

The Japanese daily Chunichi Shimbun (via Reuters) reports that Toyota is focusing on this technology, distinct from lithium-ion batteries, in an effort to market a vehicle with a significantly longer range and a shorter recharge time. Toyota wants to reduce the charging time down to the time spent for reloading an internal combustion engine vehicle.

Now, another Japanese newspaper, the Chunichi Shimbun (via Reuters), is reporting that Toyota is developing solid-state batteries for its electric cars and aims to have the first on sale in early 2022. The move to solid state would help make room for more gains in terms of charge capacity achieved in the footprint available in consumer vehicles, while helping to push further existing efficiencies achieved through things like the use of ultra-light materials in auto frames and interiors.

Which is bang on Toyota's target for EVs we reported on in 2011.

Current EVs use "liquid" lithium-ion batteries, but Toyota, along with a number of startups and suppliers such as Bosch, has been investing in solid-state battery tech that replaces liquid acid electrolytes with solid materials that are less prone to short-circuiting, catching fire or degrading over time, among other desirable properties. (TSLA) who have been working on long-range electric vehicles for years and already have products on the market. The first model to reach the production lines won't be a dedicated electric vehicle and will be based on the current C-HR.

By contrast, current electric vehicles (EVs), which use lithium-ion batteries, need 20-30 minutes to recharge even with fast chargers and typically have a range of just 300-400 kilometres (185-250 miles).

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