Toyota is going to introduce a solid-state battery that promises to be a game-changer not just for an electric car but for an entire industry. In a single charge, it will run around 310 miles (500km) and rapid recharge from zero to full in 10 minutes.
According to the Nikkei Asia reports, “The technology is a potential cure-all for the drawbacks facing electric vehicles that run on conventional lithium-ion batteries, including the relatively short distance traveled on a single charge as well as charging times. Toyota plans to be the first company to sell an electric vehicle equipped with a solid-state battery in the early 2020s. The world’s largest automaker will unveil a prototype next year.“
Solid-state batteries are expected to become a possible alternative to lithium-ion batteries that use aqueous electrolyte solutions. This type of battery would lower the risk of fires, and multiply energy density.
Toyota is the first global company with over 1,000 patents involving solid-state batteries. Nissan Motor also plans to develop its own solid-state battery which will power a non-simulation vehicle by 2028.
The shift toward the new battery technology will impact the companies which use the other format of batteries.
The rest of the world is following the trend. Germany’s Volkswagen also planning to have production running for solid-state batteries as soon as 2025 via a joint-venture with a U.S. startup.
Here is the video of Toyota’s Deep Orange Car:
In the future, electric vehicles will be a necessity rather than a more attractive option. Tesla seems to have the lead on supplying all those new vehicles but that may change over time of course.
Soucre: Nikkei Asia