Toyota to Launch Fast Charging and Long-Range Cars By 2022
According to the Chunichi Shimbun report published on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, Toyota Motor Corporation is gearing up to develop an electric car which will be powered by a unique and new type of a battery that will substantially boost the driving range and will also reduce charging time. The company aims to start its sale around 2022.
The new electric car will be built on an entirely fresh and innovative platform using solid state batteries. This will allow the car to get recharged within minutes, the report claimed. However, no sources were cited to confirm the claims. Currently, the electronic vehicles using lithium ion batteries require twenty to thirty minutes to get recharged even when charged using fast chargers. These vehicles typically have a specific range of merely three hundred to four hundred kilometers (roughly 185 to 250 miles)
The company plans to introduce the car in Japan, latest by 2022 and will gradually roll it out in other countries. The spokeswoman of Toyota Kayo Doi quoted that the company cannot comment on their specific product plans at present. However, she added that the firm aims to commercialize entirely solid-state batteries as early as 2020.
This biggest automaker in Japan is seeking to fill the gaps with leading manufacturers of electronic vehicles like Tesla Inc. and Nissan Motor Corporation to produce best-in-class electronic vehicles. Cars powered by batteries are gaining traction globally as a preferable emission-free substitute to various conventional cars. Whether the Japan automaker will successfully leapfrog its biggest rivals is still to be noticed, one definite probability is that mass production of electronically driven cars will require stringent amount of reliability and quality control analysis.
Auto analyst from CLSA, Christopher Richter said “2020 is way too far. A lot of things can change until we get there.” The production speed of new electric vehicles vastly depends on the battery costs as well.
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