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. According to a new report, the company is working on an entirely new type of electric auto which will be powered by a different type of battery. What makes the lithium-ion unit so special is the use of a solid electrolyte instead of a liquid one.
A new type of battery being developed by Toyota might just be the solution to those problems. When contacted by the scribe, a spokeswoman for the company said that while Toyota is not going to comment on specific product plans, it is planning to commercialize solid-state batteries by the early 2020s. 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.
Batteries remain a key limiting factor for electric vehicle design, because of how far tech companies focused on the problem have pushed existing science. The new EV will reportedly go on sale in Japan first.More news: U.S. navy fires warning shots as Iranian vessel speeds towards them
Quoting the newspaper, Automotive News says the battery will be used in an all-electric vehicle that will be based on a new platform and will arrive in the beginning of the next decade, most likely in 2022. The new battery system will not only provide long range but also faster charge times.
Toyota isn't saying yet where its batteries will end up, but any edge here is bound to be a big boon for automakers looking at a future that increasingly seems like it'll be dominated by EVs.