Toyota has unveiled its next-generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) production line and introduced several new technologies in Japan. The new demonstration line, located at the Myochi plant, showcases Toyota’s efforts to compete with its American and European counterparts in the EV market.
One of the key highlights of the new production line is the implementation of giga casting technology. Giga casting involves the use of large, single-piece castings for major structural components of a vehicle. This technique reduces weight, improves structural integrity, and streamlines the manufacturing process. Toyota has leveraged its extensive knowledge of molds used in low-pressure molding and die casting to develop this innovation. With giga casting, the time required for mold change has been significantly reduced from 24 hours to just 20 minutes. Additionally, Toyota employs a proprietary analysis technology to enhance the quality of the castings and minimize defective products.
The automaker has also introduced a modular structure for its BEVs, comprising three parts for the front, center, and rear of the vehicle. This modular approach simplifies the production process and increases overall productivity. Furthermore, Toyota has implemented self-propelled production, where finished EVs are guided through the assembly line using sensors at an extremely slow speed. This enhances line layout flexibility and optimizes efficiency.
Toyota’s commitment to solid-state battery development is evident in its image release of a solid-state battery development line. The company aims to produce a breakthrough solid-state battery capable of delivering a range of 745 miles and recharging in just 10 minutes by 2027-2028. This technology holds exciting prospects for the future of electric vehicles.
Under the leadership of CEO Koji Sato, Toyota plans to launch 10 new EV models by 2026 with a target of selling 1.5 million EVs annually thereafter. The company’s strategy includes the production of a three-row electric SUV in the United States, assemble at its Georgetown Kentucky manufacturing plant. Furthermore, Toyota plans to invest an additional $2.1 billion in its North Carolina battery plant.
Despite being the largest carmaker by volume, Toyota’s BEV sales currently fall behind its competitors such as Tesla, Ford, and General Motors. However, with its new production line, use of innovative technologies, and aggressive EV strategy, Toyota aims to bridge the gap and establish itself as a significant player in the electric vehicle market.
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