Toyota’s solid-state battery slated for 2021 reveal

Updated Dec 11, 2020 | Same topic: Leading-Edge Tech Trends

The new technology promises to be a game-changer for electric vehicles.

Toyota is bound to pull the covers off its much-awaited solid-state battery technology next year, with the goal of being the first company to sell electric vehicles (EVs) with the game-changing power source early in the decade.

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Toyota's solid-state battery could make an appearance in 2021

The Japanese carmaker already has a working prototype it was supposed to show off at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the current coronavirus pandemic has pushed back the reveal to 2021.

Solid-state batteries are being positioned as a viable alternative to conventional lithium-ion batteries that use aqueous electrolyte solutions. The former packs a higher energy density in a more compact form and entails a shorter recharging time. EVs powered by solid-state batteries have greater range (as much as 500 km on a single charge), and can be juiced up from zero in as little as 10 minutes. Moreover, solid-state batteries take up less space, ensuring more room for passengers and cargo.

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The carmaker has already plotted out its roadmap towards zero emissions by 2050 

However, Toyota is still working on some of the technology’s drawbacks, notably the battery’s tendency to fail after repeated charging. “To counter limitations, we’re looking at how we might adjust the anode or other materials. We are trying to reduce the disadvantages that are found,” said Keiji Kaita, executive vice president of Toyota’s powertrain company.

The company currently leads the global race for the revolutionary power source, with over 1,000 patents relating to solid-state battery tech and an eye towards commencing production by 2025. Fellow Japanese automaker Nissan aims to power its own vehicle by 2028 using solid-state batteries it is currently developing.   

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Concept EVs such as the self-driving e-Palette (pictured) could become a reality

As the world moves away from the carbon in an effort to stem the effects of climate change, EVs now stand front and center. Japan recently announced a ban on new sales of combustion-powered vehicles by mid-2030, and is putting together 2 trillion yen (over Php 921 billion) in funds to support decarbonization technologies. Its government is pushing for the domestic development of solid-state batteries, with China as its fiercest competitor.

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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