Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022: paper

Toyota plans long-range, fast-charging electric cars, paper says

Electric cars have made resounding progress in recent years, but they have yet to break into the mainstream market.

According to a Chinese daily called Chunichi Shimbun, the new platform will be powered by solid state batteries that will provide significantly faster charging time and longer ranges. Solid-state batteries also hold the promise of offering roughly twice the energy density of lithium-ion and other "liquid" batteries per pound, which makes their use in EVs attractive once the technology is perfected and commercialized.

A new type of battery being developed by Toyota might just be the solution to those problems.

For many years, Toyota believed plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are the future, but last year the company made a decision to switch its focus on completely electric vehicles.




Most of the current lithium-ion batteries need at least 20 to 30 minutes to recharge to a certain charge level and offer range of up to 400 kilometres.

The company is reportedly planning to begin mass producing electric vehicles in China as early as 2019.

Solid-state batteries appear to be the answer.

Now, another Japanese newspaper, the Chunichi Shimbun (via Reuters), is reporting that Toyota is developing solid-state batteries for its electric cars and aims to have the first on sale in early 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.

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