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Toyota will Launch EVs with Solid-State Batteries Globally in the Next Few Years

The first Toyota vehicles to be powered by solid-state batteries should arrive in 2027 or 2028.

  • Solid-state batteries should make EVs more affordable, durable, and practical.

  • The automaker owns more patents for this technology than any of its competitors.

  • The first Toyota models powered by these batteries should arrive in 2027 or 2028.

Toyota says it is still on track to introduce electric vehicles powered by solid-state batteries in the “next couple of years” perhaps as soon as 2027 or 2028.

According to Vikram Gulati, the head of Toyota Kirloskar Motor in India, this first model will feature a range of 1,200 kilometres, a “very good” life expectancy and 10-minute fast charging times.

Solid-state batteries are said to be the “next big thing” in terms of automotive electrification due to their claimed advantages over current liquid-based lithium-ion batteries.

These advantages include longer ranges and quicker charging, but also better temperature management, lower costs, and a longer service life.

Toyota, who owns more patents regarding solid-state batteries than any other automaker, will develop this technology in partnership with Idemitsu Kosan, an oil refiner.

Both companies expect these batteries to enter small-scale production in 2027 or 2028, with mass production following later.

Toyota has previously said that a hybrid vehicle, possibly the next generation of the Prius, will be the first model to use solid-state batteries before fully electric vehicles adopt the technology.

Of course, Toyota is not the only automaker to believe the continued success of electric vehicles rests with this upcoming technology, as BMW, Ford, Nissan, and Renault, among others, are all working on their own EVs powered by solid-state batteries which should arrive toward the end of the decade.

It will be interesting to see if Toyota’s apparent leg up on solid-state batteries will help it claim back the ground it has lost to rivals such as Tesla and BYD in the EV market over the last few years.

Source: Reuters

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