Toyota Motor has introduced its gigacasting equipment prototype, a groundbreaking technology that is set to transform electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing. This advanced machinery has the capability to create one-third of a car body in just three minutes, streamlining EV production and reducing manufacturing preparation lead times.
The gigacasting machine, located at Toyota’s Myochi plant in Japan, demonstrated its effectiveness by efficiently molding molten aluminum. This process replaces a complex and time-consuming 33-step procedure that required 86 separate parts. With the new technology, a seamless die-cast piece that forms the entire rear third of a vehicle chassis is created, resulting in significant time and cost savings.
Toyota’s goal is to halve production processes, reduce costs, and accelerate production readiness. The gigacasting technology will also be applied to the front and rear sections of a new electric model that is scheduled for release in 2026, showcasing Toyota’s commitment to innovation and efficiency.
This initiative by Toyota is in line with their plan to sell 3.5 million EVs annually by 2030. By adopting gigacasting and other innovative strategies such as “self-propelled production” for factory space efficiency, Toyota aims to increase productivity and competitiveness in the EV market.
High battery costs have long posed a challenge for EV profitability using conventional manufacturing methods. By leveraging gigacasting technology, Toyota aims to reduce manufacturing costs and improve their position in the EV market. With their extensive automotive technology heritage and diverse model portfolio, Toyota is well-positioned to challenge the status quo in the competitive EV landscape.
– Nakanishi Research Institute