Toyota promises long-range solid-state batteries in EVs by early 2020s

Toyota promises long-range solid-state batteries in EVs by early 2020s

Toyota promises long-range solid-state batteries in EVs by early 2020s

Electric cars have made resounding progress in recent years, but they have yet to break into the mainstream market.

According to the Japanese media, Toyota is on-track to deliver the solid state batteries in electric cars by 2022, increasing range and reducing charge time.

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

Solid-state batteries are thought to be a lot safer than common li-ion cells and could have more potential for higher energy density, but we have yet to see a company capable of producing it in large-scale and at an attractive price point competitive with li-ion.

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

Solid-state batteries use solid electrolytes rather than liquid ones, making them safer than lithium-ion batteries now on the market. FT- EV III concept electric vehicle on display during the China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China, on Saturday, November 21, 2015. 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.

Solid-state batteries appear to be the answer.

The vehicle will use all-solid-state batteries, which can be recharged in just a few minutes. BMW also has plans to use the new batteries but said production won't be ready until 2026 with long-term durability testing standing in the way.

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