Toyota Claims Breakthrough That Will Lead to 745-Mile EV Battery

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Toyota claims it has made a technological breakthrough that will eventually lead to a solid-state battery capable of delivering up to 745 miles of range, all while completely recharging in 10 minutes, according to The Guardian, quoting Keiji Kaita, president of the company’s research and development center for carbon neutrality.

The Japanese car manufacturer said July 5 it had simplified production of the material used to make both solid-state and liquid-based batteries, which will allow it to halve the weight, size and cost of the packs that end up in vehicles.

“For both our liquid and our solid-state batteries, we are aiming to drastically change the situation where current batteries are too big, heavy and expensive,” said Kaita. “In terms of potential, we will aim to halve all of these factors.”

Solid-state batteries are seen as the logical next step in the development of EVs, as they are considered safer and more reliable than lithium-ion cells that use a liquid-based electrolyte. But at the same time, they’re much more expensive and harder to manufacture.

Several startups such as Solid PowerQuantumScapeFactorial and StoreDot have been working to make solid-state batteries more affordable and easier to produce, but as of today, their products haven’t been fitted to any new EV sold on the market.

Now, however, Toyota said it believes it could simplify the manufacturing process, potentially making solid-state batteries easier to produce than lithium-ion ones.

Last month, the Japanese automaker---seen by many EV enthusiasts as a laggard when it comes to fully electrifying its lineup---unveiled a massive plan to change its focus from ICE vehicles to EVs, all while keeping hybrids, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen-powered vehicles alive.

As part of its plan, it wants to build an all-new EV-only architecture that will spawn a raft of new vehicles from 2026, including a U.S.-made three-row SUV that will reportedly go into production in 2025 with batteries sourced from North Carolina.

Furthermore, the car group estimates it will be able to make an advanced solid-state battery that’s capable of offering more than 900 miles of range after 2028, thanks in part to lighter, less complicated cars that have fewer components.

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