Breaking: Toyota Is Now Road Testing Solid-State Battery EV
Toyota Motor Corp. holds over 1,000 patents for solid-state battery technology. According to Tech Archives, Toyota is staking loads of money into investing for the future.
Solid-state battery technology is hailed as the replacement for Lithium-Ion batteries because of its low cost, fast charging, and energy-dense properties.
Solid-state is a form of lithium technology without a few of the significant inherent risks that lithium-ion presents. Sounds like this is an excellent form of technology, right? Yes, however, it does come at a cost. Still, Toyota Motor is now finally overcoming those hurdles, and here is what they are doing.
The First Toyota Solid-State EV
A couple years ago, Toyota hinted at Solid-State batteries and investing wisely in them. Initially, there were significant drawbacks when it came to the commercialization of building these batteries. Now that has changed radically.
Toyota showed the prototype (LQ) EV back in 2019, but that car is now getting actual road testing done. This is groundbreaking.
Why This Is So Important
For over a decade, many companies working with solid-state battery technology struggled to get them to work. There are massive hurdles such as cracking and dendrite formation that have been at the forefront of problems.
Toyota is working in conjunction with a close partner, Panasonic, to overcome these issues. Now that Toyota is physically testing an actual EV, this means they are out to prove something. Solid-State technology is here, and these are the final steps to ensure it will work.
Toyota has said they will put out an EV by the end of 2023. I fully believe that the car they are going to have is a solid-state vehicle.
The prototype, which is the LQ concept, proves that Toyota Motor will do what they say. Toyota has a fantastic reputation for delivering on its promises, and I expect this will be no exception.
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