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Toyota reportedly set to release fast-charging, long-range electric cars by 2022

Toyota reportedly set to release fast-charging, long-range electric cars by 2022

According to the Japanese media, Toyota is on-track to deliver the solid state batteries in electric cars by 2022, increasing range and reducing charge time.

Volkswagen's electrification strategy is rolling ahead, with the automaker on course to develop and bring to market a variety of EVs in different segments starting in 2020. These "solid-state" batteries are also rumored to charge in a few minutes, as opposed to the 30 minutes most of today's EVs take to top off.

Toyota spokeswoman Kayo Doi said the company would not comment on specific product plans but added that it aimed to commercialise all-solid-state batteries by the early 2020s. The auto maker said that it's near a breakthrough in production engineering that could help it put the new tech in production electric vehicles as early as 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal. "2022 is ages away, and a lot can change in the meantime". That model, however, will be based on the new C-HR crossover and will use lithium-ion batteries. The slowly dropping costs of EVs are, of course, tied to the dropping costs of battery manufacture, but batteries remain the single most expensive component in EVs.

Having long touted hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and plug-in hybrids as the most sensible technology to make cars greener, Toyota a year ago said it wanted to add long-range EVs to its line-up, and set up a new in-house unit, headed by President Akio Toyoda, to develop and market EVs. What makes the lithium-ion unit so special is the use of a solid electrolyte instead of a liquid one.

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