Toyota By-Passing Lithium for Solid State Batteries

Future first wave of production of solid-state batteries should deliver an electric vehicle driving range of at least 500 kilometers, or 300 miles.

Published: 28-Jan-2014

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. says it has made major advances in developing smaller, more powerful solid-state batteries as the next-generation power pack to succeed lithium ion battery technology.

The new batteries, which have more than twice the energy density of lithium ion units, could power electric vehicles more than 300 miles on a single charge and enter production in the early 2020s, top engineers at the company said.

Since 2012, Toyota has managed a fivefold increase in the power output of its experimental solid-state batteries, Senior Managing Officer Soichiro Okudaira told a conference here.

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