A MAJOR U.S. automaker has announced the development of top-tier EV battery technology that could give vehicles triple the maximum range of today’s EVs.
With range anxiety being one of the top reasons people aren’t quick to give up fossil fuels, Toyota has announced new tech that just may push them over the edge.
Toyota announced new game-changing solid-state battery technology that would give EVs a maximum range of 900 miles on a full charge.
A simplified variant of the new technology Toyota is currently refining would increase cruising range by 20 percent, and a model using that tech could come to consumers as early as 2025, reports The Cool Down.
This means vehicles like the compact bZ4X EV SUV, instead of 382 miles of range on a full charge would then have a range of 458 miles – and with the refined technology, would also cost 20 percent less.
EVs with the 900-mile batteries are still being developed, but the company added that their new battery tech would get drivers from 10 percent capacity to 80 percent in as little as 10 minutes.
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Solid-state batteries, should they become the norm for EVs as opposed to lithium-ion batteries, would increase power capacity and reduce charging times.
They would also be essential for reducing the dangerous fire risk associated with current EV batteries.
They also do not have an associated risk of explosion, so companies won’t have to add safety components for safety, which also reduces weight.
The only issue with solid-state batteries that has yet to be addressed is the requirement of rare and precious metals, as solid-state batteries tend to require more than traditional lithium-ion batteries, MotorTrend reported.
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In addition to faster battery tech, the carmaker also promised to reduce weight by refining the motor, gearing, powertrain, and inverters to reduce drag, further adding more numbers to the overall range.
Toyota says that with less drag, not as much battery power is required to move the battery, making it more efficient in more driving scenarios.
The company also mentioned a “popularizing” methodology, to make their vehicles more appealing to more drivers.
That would mean updates to styling and features, without adding a large amount of zeros to the end of the price tag of vehicles.
Should Toyota hold up to these incredible claims, other EV makers would have large shoes to fill in order to stay relevant.
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