Toyota Long-Range EV Set to Arrive in 2022

One of the big fears of going electric is their limited range. The Japanese daily Chunichi Shimbun (via Reuters) reports that Toyota is focusing on this technology, distinct from lithium-ion batteries, in an effort to market a auto with a significantly longer range and a shorter recharge time. This will thus be a long-range fast-charging electric auto.

Another improvement for this type of battery would be longer overall usable life, which would make it possible to both use the vehicles they're installed in for longer, and add potential for product recycling and alternative post-vehicle life (some companies are already looking into putting EV batteries into use in home and commercial energy storage, for example).

Toyota isn't alone in racing toward solid-state batteries: Hyundai has shown interest in developing and commercializing this technology too.

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Toyota is touting its progress on a new kind of battery technology, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in today's lithium-ion batteries. The Chunichi Shimbun reported that Toyota's battery will be able to charge in a few minutes and have a long range, but the article did not list specifics. FT- EV III concept electric vehicle on display during the China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China, on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Solid-state batteries appear to be the answer.

According to the Chunichi Shimbun daily newspaper, the vehicle - which will be based on a new platform - will go on sale in 2022. BMW also has plans to use the new batteries but said production won't be ready until 2026 with long-term durability testing standing in the way.

  • Regina Walsh