Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022: paper

Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022: paper

An upcoming electric vehicle from Toyota will feature a new type of battery that charges faster and significantly increases driving range. Toyota aims to roll out the new model in Japan by the year 2022.

Toyota has only recently expressed interest in pure electrics, as opposed to plug-in hybrids, but a new report says the auto giant is planning to leapfrog early electric vehicle leaders by debuting an EV with all-solid-state batteries by 2022.

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




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

"There's a pretty long distance between the lab bench and manufacturing", CLSA auto analyst Christopher Richter commented to Automotive News, and added that "2022 is ages away, and a lot can change in the meantime". Moreover, solid state batteries are more durable and safer compared to lithium -ion batteries. The slowly dropping costs of EVs are, of course, tied to the dropping costs of battery manufacture, but batteries remain the single most expensive component in EVs.

In the past Toyota hasn't been very supportive of fully electric vehicles and instead made a decision to push its energy towards fuel cell vehicles, like the Mirai. What makes the lithium-ion unit so special is the use of a solid electrolyte instead of a liquid one. (TSLA) who have been working on long-range electric vehicles for years and already have products on the market.

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