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Toyota's Ultrafast Charging Solid-State Batteries Could Be Game Changer For EVs

By Brian Spaen

Electric vehicles have just cracked into the automobile market, and there’s already a solution for better batteries on the way. Toyota is in the process of manufacturing solid state batteries for their cars and hope to mass produce them by the early 2020’s. This would replace the lithium-ion battery commonly found in existing EVs and could be a significant game changer in increasing range and stability.

At the moment, li-ion batteries are the best way to fuel electric cars, but there’s a significant amount of disadvantages. The liquid electrolytes inside of them have safety hazards and cars are equipped with cooling systems to keep them from overheating. That decreases range, adds weight, and heightens the cost of EVs. What makes a solid state battery are solid electrolytes instead of the liquid form.

Toyota is currently working on this new form of battery that would very likely improve electric vehicles in many ways. Charging the battery up would be more efficient and it would last longer than traditional li-ion batteries. For example, mobile devices that use the latter battery continually holds less power after being used and charged up repeatedly. With more efficiency and no need for the cooling system, that could increase range.