Toyota Unveils New Battery Technology for Electric Vehicles

Toyota has revealed its plans for new battery technology that will significantly improve the range and performance of its electric vehicles (EVs). The Japanese carmaker announced three new liquid electrolyte batteries and a solid-state design at the launch of its BEV Factory.

The first battery, called ‘Performance,’ is a lithium-ion battery that will increase the cruising range of Toyota’s EVs to over 800km. It will also have a quick recharge time, taking 20 minutes or less to charge from 10 to 80 percent. Compared to the battery in the upcoming bZ4X model, the ‘Performance’ battery will cost 20 percent less to produce.

The second battery, known as ‘Popularisation,’ is a lithium iron phosphate battery. It will be less expensive than the ‘Performance’ battery and provide a 20 percent increase in cruising range compared to the bZ4X’s battery.

The third liquid electrolyte battery is the ‘High-Performance’ lithium-ion battery. It boasts an impressive range of over 1000km on a single charge. While it will have a 10 percent lower cost compared to the ‘Performance’ battery, it will launch slightly later, expected between 2027 and 2028.

In addition to the liquid electrolyte batteries, Toyota is also developing a new lithium-ion solid-state battery. This battery will offer a range of up to 1000km and will have a quick recharge time of 10 minutes to reach 10 to 80 percent capacity. It will also have a smaller design to minimize weight.

One concern with solid-state batteries has always been their shorter lifespan. However, Toyota claims to have made advancements in technology to address this issue, although the final results won’t be seen until 2027 to 2028.

Toyota plans to incorporate these new batteries into its next-generation electric vehicles, with an expected launch date in 2026. The carmaker aims to sell 1.7 million of these vehicles out of a projected 3.5 million total sales by 2030.

– BEV: Battery Electric Vehicle.
– EV: Electric Vehicle.
– Lithium-ion: A type of rechargeable battery that uses lithium ions to transfer energy.
– Cruising range: The distance an electric vehicle can travel on a single charge.
– Solid-state battery: A type of battery that uses solid electrolytes instead of liquid electrolytes.
– Lithium iron phosphate: A type of lithium-ion battery that uses iron phosphate as the cathode material.

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