As electric vehicles are ready become mainstream in couple of years, more automotive companies are joining the revolution. And now, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal and Chunichi Shimbun, Toyota has entered the production engineering stage for building an EV battery with solid electrolyte.
While the company has entered the production stage, the batteries will officially debut in Japan in 2022. In case you didn’t know, solid-state batteries can be smaller compared to the lithium-ion batteries. However, up until now, production of such batteries have been a challenge due to price tag it will come with. However, as electric vehicles are more than likely to become mainstream in next few years, Toyota’s decision to enter the market with such technology can be a critical one.
The report out in Japan has mentioned that the solid state battery will have the capability to charge up in a few minutes compared to present time requirement for recharging. Apart from that, since the electrolyte used in the solid state batteries won’t be using similar danger of freezing as those of traditional lithium ion batteries, solid state batteries can be used in a wide range of temperatures.
If the company becomes successful in manufacturing the solid state battery in the coming years, it will clearly give them a solid advantage over other auto manufacturers. However, recently Reuters reported that BMW is currently working on brining similar technologies in future. As a result, we have to wait and see if Toyota manages to establish an edge over its competitors regarding EV manufacturing process.
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