Toyota in "production engineering" for a solid state battery, WSJ says

Report: Toyota electric car to use solid-state battery, arrive in 2022

Report: Toyota electric car to use solid-state battery, arrive in 2022

According to the Chunichi Shimbun daily, the new Toyota EV will be built on a new platform and have a driving range on par or better than its rivals.

The Japanese giant reportedly wants to put the batteries in fully-electric vehicles by 2022, which could make it the first auto manufacturer to ship the new cells.

The improved battery technology would make it possible to create smaller, more lightweight lithium-ion batteries for use in EVs, that could also potentially boost the total charge capacity and result in longer-range vehicles.

Toyota has not commented on Chunichi Shimbun's report directly, but a company spokeswoman told Reuters that Toyota seeks to commercialize solid-state batteries by the early 2020s. How quickly the new EVs will catch on would also depend largely on battery costs. (TSLA) who have been working on long-range electric vehicles for years and already have products on the market.

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Current EVs use "liquid" lithium-ion batteries, but Toyota, along with a number of startups and suppliers such as Bosch, has been investing in solid-state battery tech that replaces liquid acid electrolytes with solid materials that are less prone to short-circuiting, catching fire or degrading over time, among other desirable properties.

Solid-state batteries use solid electrolytes rather than liquid ones, making them safer than lithium-ion batteries now on the market.

In the past Toyota hasn't been very supportive of fully electric vehicles and instead chose to push its energy towards fuel cell vehicles, like the Mirai.

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