Japanese automaker Toyota is working on a solid-state battery to power its new electric car. The new technology will reduce the charging time and significantly increases the driving range.
Toyota is planning to commercialise the solid-state batteries by 2020. These batteries can be charged in just a few minutes. The new electric car equipped with the solid-state battery will be based on an all-new platform.
Currently, electric vehicles are equipped with lithium-ion batteries which takes minimum 30 minutes to charge with fast chargers. These batteries will deliver a range of around 300-400km.
Solid-state batteries use solid electrolytes as opposed to the liquid electrolytes used in the lithium-ion batteries. This makes the solid-state battery safer as compared to the lithium-ion battery.
Toyota has decided to launch the new electric car with the solid-state battery in Japan by 2022. The Japanese automaker is looking to close the gap to its rivals in electric vehicle segment. Nissan and Tesla are leading the EV segment around the globe.
Toyota is reportedly planning to commence the mass production of electric vehicles in China in 2019. But it will be a C-HR based model with lithium-ion batteries. Several automakers such as BMW are also working on the solid-state batteries.
Electric cars are considered as the future of mobility. Several automakers around the globe are developing EVs. But Toyota has gone a step further in this regard to develop solid-state batteries to make EVs more practical to use.