On September 15, Toyota announced the parameters surrounding the new electric vehicle battery the company is completing for mass use. The Japanese brand has high expectations from the technology that will be implemented from 2026.
According to Toyota, the initial range of the new electric battery is 800 km and can be doubled (1,500 km) when the company later improves the technology.
There are 2 types of batteries with different manufacturing technologies used by Toyota. High-end car batteries using lithium-ion are often found to have higher performance. Popular vehicle batteries use lithium-iron-phosphate to reduce both cost and selling price.
By the time of introduction in 2026, only high-end batteries will appear on the market at first. Although it is called high-end, this battery is actually 20% cheaper than the one used on the bZ4X.
Operating range of 800 km and 10-80% charging time in under 20 minutes are the main benefits mentioned by the company.
The cheaper batteries have a maximum operational range of 600 km after about a year of use, charge 80% faster in 30 minutes while cost and selling price are 40% lower.
The highest performing battery using older technology is the lithium-ion battery which will be put into use in the period 2027 – 2028. This battery is 10% cheaper than the bZ4X battery, supports fast charging in 20 minutes and has an operating range of 1,000 km maximum.
Toyota’s biggest ambition is to perfect solid-state batteries by 2028. This battery has a minimum operating range of 950 km by default and 80% fast charging in just 10 minutes. When this technology becomes more advanced, Toyota estimates that electric vehicles equipped with this type of battery could have a maximum operating range of up to 1,500 km.
Toyota has been criticized quite sharply recently because in reality the operating range of their electric vehicles is much worse than the officially declared parameters. However, if the above information is true, Toyota may move from the bottom group to the top group immediately.
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