Author: Site Editor Publish Time: 2022-03-25 Origin: Site
Recently, Toyota's chief scientist confirmed that, their first car with a solid-state battery will be launched in the mid-2020s, and the new technology will initially debut in a hybrid vehicle.
The batteries, which are expected to be commercialized in 2025, will be install in hybrids, since they allows for a smaller battery pack that is less cost-sensitive, Toyota chief scientist Gill Pratt said.
Hybrids also represent a "more rigorous test" of solid-state technology, Platt said, because of the higher battery cycle count inherent in this use case. As Toyota gains more experience with solid-state batteries and costs fall, the automaker will expand its use to fully electric vehicles, he said.
Greater energy density is one of the purported benefits of solid-state batteries, but Pratt said reduce the charging time will be the issues which Toyota is also hoping to solve. That hasn't been confirmed, as development work is currently focused on solid-state batteries' hybrid rollout, he noted. Quicker charging will also require upgrades to the grid and charging network, he said.
Pratt didn't confirm which model will get solid-state batteries, but the tech could help reinvigorate the hybrid that started it all.
Toyota plans to build, but these will be initially for hybrids. Will solid-state cells become part of those plans—perhaps as part of Prime plug-in hybrids with even better mpg?