Anybody with even a superficial interest in electric car technology will understand and know how significant the growth of enhanced batteries is to the uptake of electric cars and for the future of electric cars as the substitute for combustion engine cars in a satisfactory quantity of time.
At present, Toyota is already operating in association with Mazda to design a toolbox of elements that the vehicle producers can take benefit of when designing their own electric cars. Denso is then a 3rd collaborator in the joint venture, which goes beneath the poster of EV Common Architecture Spirit.
Previously, at the Tokyo Motor Show this week, Kiyotaka Ise, chief safety technology officer of Toyota, claimed to the media, “We are working together with Mazda on a devoted electric car architecture, but we are holding in-house the study on solid state batteries.”
Even though Ise will not say when any cars based on this collaborative new architecture would be exposed, he did verify that they might be using present generation batteries made up of lithium-ion, but might also be capable of accommodating future solid-state tech batteries as well. Toyota has not put a solid date on it, but it is broadly anticipated that Toyota models sporting solid-state batteries will be rolled out sometime early in the upcoming decade.
Didier Leroy, the Executive Vice President of TMC (Toyota Motor Corporation), thinks that his company is the director in terms of solid-state battery technology when it comes to intellectual property. He has also persuaded the technology a “game-changer” as far as radically enhancing the driving range of electric cars is considered that inevitably is a major factor for users accepting electric car as a practical option to usual diesel and fuel vehicles.
Toyota presently has more than 200 employees operating on solid-state batteries that are still supported by lithium ion technology but are capable of working at higher temperatures as compared to the present lithium ion batteries, and are hence smaller as they do not need cooling.
Well, for now, all eyes are on Toyota as to when it will roll out the technology in the market.