During its annual technical conference, Toyota has unveiled its ambitious plans to develop a solid-state battery capable of achieving an impressive range of 1,500km on a single charge. Inspired by hypersonic aerodynamics, the Japanese automaker is focusing on next-generation battery technology, aiming to revolutionize the electric vehicle (EV) landscape.
Initially setting a target of 1,000km by 2026, Toyota has even more ambitious goals for the future. The company aspires to achieve the remarkable milestone of 1,500km range and aims to accomplish it with a fast-charging time of approximately 20 minutes by 2028. While these objectives appear highly promising, it is important to note the cautious mention of “challenge to launch” that accompanies the data tables, hinting at the complexities involved in bringing such technology to market.
This is not the first time Toyota has discussed solid-state battery technology. In the past, the company expressed its intention to introduce solid-state batteries by 2021. The renewed focus on this technology indicates Toyota’s confidence in its potential to revolutionize the EV industry.
Solid-state batteries differ from traditional lithium-ion batteries by employing a gel-like electrolyte instead of a liquid one. These batteries offer several advantages, including enhanced energy density and reduced weight. Furthermore, they are safer and do not require liquid cooling systems, making them highly suitable for automotive applications. As a result, major players in the electric vehicle market, such as BMW, Fisker, and Nissan, are investing significant research funds into solid-state battery development.
Despite the potential benefits, solid-state batteries still face challenges. They are currently expensive to produce and have demonstrated limitations in terms of durability during charge and discharge cycles. However, Toyota’s commitment to advancing this technology signifies its determination to overcome these obstacles and unlock the full potential of solid-state batteries for practical use in EVs.
In 2021, Toyota presented a vision of a “future Toyota/Lexus showroom” and expressed its plans to introduce 30 new all-electric models by 2030. However, in April 2023, the brand reaffirmed its dedication to plug-in hybrid vehicles, suggesting that a variety of powertrain options will remain available in their lineup for the foreseeable future