Toyota to Develop New Electric Vehicle Battery By 2030
|Published: 15th September 2021 22:01|
Automotive giants Toyota have started development on an all new electric battery and a corresponding system to supply batteries and will spend a whopping $13.5 billion dollar on it’s development. This development will help Toyota to lead the way in this sector of automotive technology that will be absolutely vital for the industry in the coming years.
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Toyota is the biggest maker of automobiles by sheer volume and it’s no surprise they are leading the way when it comes to automotive technology. They also developed the gasoline-electric hybrid concept for vehicles with the groundbreaking Prius, with plans to rapidly front an all electric car line up very soon.
With its status as one of the leaders in the development of electric vehicle batteries, Toyota has big plans for reducing the cost of these often expensive but essential parts of electric vehicles. The main thrust of this plan is to start working on the raw materials that are used in the creation of the batteries and the way that the cells in the batteries are structured.
In a statement during a briefing Masahiko Maedo, the CTO(Chief Technology Officer) told of how the company wants to improve the power consumption of the batteries. This consumption is an indication of how much electricity is being used by the car. A soon to be released compact SUV , the bZ4X, is to be the start of implementing these improvements to the battery.
But it’s not just electric car batteries that Toyota is an innovator for. They are also pioneers in the solid state batteries, which could be a game changer for everyone involved in the automotive industry.
These groundbreaking batteries are a huge development since they are more dense in energy, they charge faster than the normal electric battery and are less prone to igniting and catching fire to top it all off. If the technology is fully developed, the liquid lithium-ion batteries that are used now could become things of the past, to be replaced by these ‘wonder batteries’.
At the moment though, Toyota is still having problems with the development of increasing the life of these special battery cells and they are a while off from being put into mass production. They do have ambitious plans though - with aims to have these batteries in production within the middle of the 2020’s.
Maeda commented that Toyota are still in the search for finding the best materials to make the batteries with and won’t compromise the quality for speed.
The whole endeavor to get these solid-state batteries mass produced and out to market has had a few setbacks, namely the fact that the batteries themselves are extremely prone to split. This is due to them continuously expanding and contracting whilst they are being used. The batteries themselves are expensive to make due to the rare materials, adding to the bump in rolling them out in large numbers.
Toyota are planning to use these batteries in hybrid vehicles - such as the aforementioned Prius.
A close competitor and the 2nd largest company in the automobile industry, Volkswagen, also made a recent announcement about their developments and plans for the future in the industry and what they’re planning to do which include EVs and autonomous driving. The German based firm stated it’s planning to spend roughly €150 billion on researching and developing these technologies in the near future.