Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    Toyota Reveals Roadmap for Next-Generation Batteries, Including Solid-State Batteries with 10-Minute Fast Charging

    Toyota has unveiled its roadmap for the development and production of next-generation batteries for its electric vehicles (EVs). The company plans to introduce four separate families of batteries, each with different goals, technology, ranges, and price points.

    One of the most anticipated advancements is the introduction of solid-state batteries, which Toyota plans to incorporate into its vehicles by 2027 or 2028. These batteries promise a fast-charging time of 10 minutes or less, addressing one of the key challenges in EV adoption. Solid-state batteries are considered the holy grail of battery technology due to their potential for higher energy density, longer range, and improved safety.

    In addition to solid-state batteries, Toyota is also working on lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, which will be aimed at less expensive mass-produced models. These LFP batteries are expected to bring a significant reduction in cost compared to the current batteries used in Toyota’s bZ4X electric SUV. The LFP batteries are slated to arrive in 2026 or 2027 and offer a 20% increase in range and a fast recharging time of half an hour or less.

    Furthermore, Toyota plans to introduce Performance lithium-ion batteries in 2026, which will offer a range of over 497 miles (800 kilometers) and a 20% reduction in cost compared to current lithium-ion batteries. These batteries will also have a rapid recharging time of 20 minutes or less.

    The company’s roadmap also includes High-Performance batteries, which combine a high nickel cathode with a bipolar structure and lithium-ion chemistry. These batteries are expected to be 10% less expensive to produce than Performance batteries and will offer a charging time of 20 minutes or less.

    To increase EV range, Toyota is also focusing on aerodynamics and plans to reduce the height of battery packs. By reducing the overall height of the vehicle, aerodynamic efficiency can be improved, leading to an increase in range.

    While solid-state batteries are still several years away from mass production, Toyota’s roadmap demonstrates the company’s commitment to advancing battery technology and its ambition to offer a variety of battery solutions for different vehicle models and customer needs.