Toyota reportedly set to release fast-charging, long-range electric cars by 2022

  • Toyota reportedly set to release fast-charging, long-range electric cars by 2022

Toyota reportedly set to release fast-charging, long-range electric cars by 2022

A new report in Japan's Chunichi Shimbun claims Toyota is working on a new type of battery that will allow for significantly increased driving range and reduced charging time.

According to the Chunichi Shimbun daily newspaper, the vehicle - which will be based on a new platform - will go on sale in 2022. Reports suggest the new battery will debut in Japan in a model 2022 auto with an all-new platform. The lack of acids in such batteries is expected to bring their manufacturing costs down considerably once the technology is ramped up to production levels, also eliminating the need for the environmentally unfriendly manufacture of lithium-ion batteries. When contacted by the scribe, a spokeswoman for the company said that while Toyota is not going to comment on specific product plans, it is planning to commercialize solid-state batteries by the early 2020s.

Japan's biggest automaker is looking to close the gap with EV leaders such as Nissan Motor Co and Tesla Inc as battery-powered cars gain traction around the globe as a viable emission-free alternative to conventional cars. Electric vehicles now use lithium-ion batteries, so it will be interesting to see if Toyota manages to push all-solid-state batteries to mainstream production. The use of new solid-state batteries is a big change from the lithium-ion batteries that now power today's EVs. What makes the lithium-ion unit so special is the use of a solid electrolyte instead of a liquid one.

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