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

Toyota EVs With Long Range Solid-State Batteries Due 2022

Current EVs use "liquid" lithium-ion batteries, but Toyota, along with a number of startups and suppliers such as Bosch, has been investing in solid-state battery tech that replaces liquid acid electrolytes with solid materials that are less prone to short-circuiting, catching fire or degrading over time, among other desirable properties.

So-called "solid state" batteries have both solid electrodes and solid electrolytes.

Toyota spokeswoman Kayo Doi said the company would not comment on specific product plans but added that it aimed to commercialise all-solid-state batteries by the early 2020s. These "solid-state" batteries are also rumored to charge in a few minutes, as opposed to the 30 minutes most of today's EVs take to top off.

Toyota is planning to set up its manufacturing set up in China for mass production of electric batteries.

Japan's biggest automaker is looking to close the gap with EV leaders such as Nissan Motor Co and Tesla Inc as battery-powered cars gain traction around the globe as a viable emission-free alternative to conventional cars. How quickly the new EVs will catch on would also depend largely on battery costs.

Electric cars have made resounding progress in recent years, but they have yet to break into the mainstream market.

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

No further information about the vehicle is available at this point in time.

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