The Japanese car maker is said to be developing a solid state drive battery that can drastically extend range and reduce charging times

Toyota is working on an electric car powered by 'solid state' battery technology that can drastically improve driving range and shorten recharging times, according to a report in Japan.

According to the Chunichi Shimbun daily newspaper, the vehicle - which will be based on a new platform - will go on sale in 2022. The paper says that the car maker is working on all-solid-state batteries, a recently developed technology that uses solid electrolytes rather than liquid ones, enabling a higher volumetric energy density than more conventional lithium-ion batteries.

Experts in battery technology claim that the most advanced all-solid-state batteries could be capable of reducing recharging times to less than an hour, which would be a major improvement on the several hours required to fully charge today’s lithium-ion batteries using conventional charging equipment. Studies have shown that solid state batteries can hold more than three times the energy of lithium-ion ones and are said to also have a longer useful life.

Toyota won't confirm the prospect of a production car using this technology, but a spokesman told Autocar that research was taking place.

"It is considered that all-solid batteries are the most close to the level of practical application," they said. "We are working on research and development, including the production engineering of all-solid batteries to commercialise them by the early 2020s".

Late last year the car maker confirmed its intentions to invest in battery-electric technology by opening a new electric vehicle division. It has since told Autocar that while progress in solid state batteries is being made, they are not yet to replicate the success of lab tests in practice.

"These various next generation batteries have high potential," continued the spokesman. "However they have some challenges and have not reached the level of the current liquid batteries. They are at the stage where they could prove performance in principle in the laboratory and we need a breakthrough for practical use, therefore we need further research and development for these batteries."

Toyota's first battery-electric vehicle, due in 2020, will be capable of travelling more than 186 miles on a single charge, although that car is expected to use more conventional lithium-ion batteries and will pave the way for the first all-solid-state battery car to arrive two years later.

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25 July 2017

The big question here is - Will it be as big a game-changer as the game-changing Seat Ateca?

Game changer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

25 July 2017
tuga wrote:

The big question here is - Will it be as big a game-changer as the game-changing Seat Ateca?

Game changer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will always look back on 2017 as the year the Seat Ateca revolutionised the auto industry. A true pivotal point in engineering history.

26 July 2017
Sonic wrote:

 I will always look back on 2017 as the year the Seat Ateca revolutionised the auto industry. A true pivotal point in engineering history.

When i first saw the game-changing Ateca, it made me want to have children, so that one day, when they themselves had children, i could tell them about the year the game was changed.

But obviously by that time everyone will be driving Atecas or Ateca-like cars, so i wept silently ( and alone ), for i knew the game truly had been changed forever.

 

 

25 July 2017

Do the manufacturers take it in turns to announce EV game changers without actually having a product for several years to come, Toyota today, Audi and Seat last week, Volvo the week before.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

25 July 2017

The thing is, it will be as fugly-weird looking as the Prius and have a completely black interior.

25 July 2017
Tesla's cars, production lines and designers are all obsolete now.
Short Tesla, long Toyota stocks. Easy money.

25 July 2017
susumu_araki wrote:

Tesla's cars, production lines and designers are all obsolete now. Short Tesla, long Toyota stocks. Easy money.

Toyota share price mid-2015 = 8,300  Today = 6,100. Toyota not finding it that easy afterall

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

25 July 2017

 

 Oh dear! Toyota is so lost that the only thing left is PR talk. When PHEVs started their march, Toyota action: we are study & design wireless charging, the next product we will bring to market. When EVs started to grab sales volume & attention, Toyota action: we are study & design Vehicle-to-Grid, smart grids & running vehicle sharing pilot projects to better understand communities needs. When industry-wide the consensus of EVs replacing traditional ICEs got acceptance, Toyota action: Hydrogen vehicles/society is the only long term prospect, we present the Mirai to the world, this is the future, but (already now). No one cared, period.

So, then comes next: We are doing EVs, we have in-house comitee supervised by Chorizo boss, Toyota EV is like startup running...  Public: no one cares; what time starts Model 3 unveil instead?

next Toyota PR coup: Toyota Kanguroo Racing Team to enter Formula E: PSA Groupe DS Automobiles to enter in manufacturing agreement with ToMoCo to supply bagded cars with Toyota symbol.

 

 

 

 

25 July 2017

Jesus. No windows, wheels protruding from the wheel arches, no door handles, no bumpers. Who are these idiots?

25 July 2017

Lol, another slow news day ? Autocar is predicting the future now is it ? Or just blindly re-posting any old marketing cr*p that manufacturers announce.

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