Toyota Motor is aiming to launch an electric vehicle that runs on an all-solid-state battery by 2027. This new technology is expected to significantly increase the car’s range on a single charge. Toyota believes that the commercialization of this technology will take place in either 2027 or 2028. While extending the lifespan of solid-state batteries has been a challenge in the past, Toyota claims to have overcome this obstacle. The next step is to develop mass-production capabilities, which has the potential to revolutionize the electric vehicle industry
A solid-state battery consists of solid electrolytes as opposed to liquid. Our prototype batteries are about the size and thickness of a thin spiral back notebook. Solid-state battery technology is a potential cure-all for the drawbacks facing electric vehicles that run on conventional lithium-ion batteries, including the relatively short distance travelled on a single charge as well as charging times.
Solid-state batteries are set to become a real alternative to lithium-ion batteries, Toyota is focused on using a sulfur-based electrolyte in its prototypes as it provides a more efficient power transfer. This technology would lower the risk of fires, and multiply energy density, which measures the energy a battery can deliver compared to its weight. Next-generation batteries, such as solid-state and metal-air batteries, are safer and demonstrate higher performance than lithium-ion batteries.
(Source: Toyota/Nikkei)