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June 29, 2023

Has Toyota sparked a ‘solid-state’ battery revolution?

By Peter McGill
Toyota electric vehicle
A Toyota BZ electric vehicle. The Japanese company has 1,331 registered patents related to solid-state battery technology – more than any other carmaker (Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

Japanese car giant Toyota says it has ‘discovered a technological breakthrough’ that will enable the sale of electric vehicles with a cruising range of 1,200 km and a charging time of under 10 minutes.

Toyota’s plan to start commercial production of cars powered by solid-state batteries as early as 2027 has sent shockwaves through the global automotive industry. The technology promises to revolutionise electric vehicles and could quickly render obsolete the current generation of liquid-electrolyte batteries, on which tens of billions of dollars are being invested in new “gigafactories”.

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