On the heels of Toyota’s announcement that it will begin producing new solid-state batteries from 2021, a new report points towards the Japanese manufacturer unveiling a new electric vehicle with said batteries. The new solid-state battery enables 10-minute fast-charging capacity for the new EV.
Toyota has been working on solid-state batteries since 2017, however, this will be the first time the company will utilize them in electric vehicles. This is also the first time the company has produced solid-state batteries with the first pilot production plants starting up next year according to Japanese portal Nikke.
Now, Nikkei has revealed even more information about Toyota, this time about what these new batteries will be used for. According to the portal, Toyota plans to unveil an electric car powered by the next-generation battery as early as next year: “The technology is a potential cure-all for the drawbacks facing electric vehicles that run on conventional lithium-ion batteries, including the relatively short distance traveled on a single charge as well as charging times. Toyota plans to be the first company to sell an electric vehicle equipped with a solid-state battery in the early 2020s. The world’s largest automaker will unveil a prototype next year.”
According to the report, the new battery will enable 500 km (310 miles) of range and can complete charging in as little as 10 minutes.
Outside of China, Toyota has not launch an all-electric vehicle, but the company did announce an all-electric SUV in the near future.