Toyota electric auto to use solid-state battery, arrive in 2022

The Japanese auto manufacturer is working on a battery created to add range and to charge an electric vehicle in a matter of minutes, according to Chunichi Shimbun Daily.

The report comes from Japanese daily newspaper, Chunichi Shimbun, which claims Toyota's long-range EV will ride on an all-new platform and use all-solid-state batteries, which can be recharged in just a few minutes.

"The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society's needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge", said "the father of the Prius", Toyota Vice Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, in 2012. 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. Moreover, solid state batteries are more durable and safer compared to lithium -ion batteries. Solid-state batteries also hold the promise of offering roughly twice the energy density of lithium-ion and other "liquid" batteries per pound, which makes their use in EVs attractive once the technology is perfected and commercialized. The downside is that they're still very expensive to manufacture on a mass scale.

Volkswagen's electrification strategy is rolling ahead, with the automaker on course to develop and bring to market a variety of EVs in different segments starting in 2020.

Nissan will unveil push-button automatic-parking on the second-generation Leaf electric vehicle as a new upgrade to its ProPilot autonomous driving system.The feature will allow the Leaf to self-park in.

Which is bang on Toyota's target for EVs we reported on in 2011.

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