Toyota Long-Range EV Set to Arrive in 2022

Toyota Plans To Change The EV Game By 2022 - Isn't Tesla Too Far Already?

Toyota plans to use solid-state batteries to enable longer-range EVs with fast-charging

The Japanese daily Chunichi Shimbun (via Reuters) reports that Toyota is focusing on this technology, distinct from lithium-ion batteries, in an effort to market a auto with a significantly longer range and a shorter recharge time.

Toyota has chose to sell the new model in Japan as early as 2022, the paper said. The Chunichi Shimbun reported that Toyota's battery will be able to charge in a few minutes and have a long range, but the article did not list specifics.

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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.

Toyota has been a bit late to the battery electric vehicle (BEV), preferring top focus on hybrids, which has definitely worked, and on fuel cell hydrogen cars - which haven't yet. "2022 is ages away, and a lot can change in the meantime".

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Reuters noted all-solid-state batteries are safer than lithium-ion batteries because they use solid electrolytes instead of liquid ones. How quickly the new EVs will catch on would also depend largely on battery costs.

In the past Toyota hasn't been very supportive of fully electric vehicles and instead chose to push its energy towards fuel cell vehicles, like the Mirai. Solid-state batteries can be made smaller and lighter than the lithium-ion batteries that now power electric vehicles, but engineering such a battery at an attractive price point for mass production has been a challenge.

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The automaker plans to start mass production of electric vehicles in China by 2019.

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