Toyota is gradually laying the groundwork for a future range of electric cars that they hope can make up for lost ground. A few weeks ago we learned about the project that the Japanese manufacturer was carrying out with the help of the Japanese government to develop two new types of batteries, about which we now know more details.
Toyota will launch 100% electric models, which can have two types of batteries depending on the segment: a ternary lithium Designed to offer great autonomy a second lithium ferrophosphate This is done by weighing the most economical options.
One of the first models to hit the market will have an autonomy of 800 kilometers and will come onto the market in 2026. In addition, this will involve costs 40% less than the current Toyota bZ4X. Something that, if confirmed, would mean a price of around 30,000 euros. To be too good to be true?
It is possible that the Japanese press is confusing the autonomy of the NMC battery model and the price of the LFP. Because even though we still have a little over two years to go, it seems like too big a leap forward for any brand. Even one with the technological and economic prowess of Toyota.
Between 2027 and 2028, Toyota will also launch a high-performance lithium battery that will have a range of 1,000 kilometers and will be 10% cheaper than existing lithium-ion batteries.
In order to achieve these autonomy values, Toyota will work on efficiency, among other things. And that’s what they’re going to design for Batteries as thin as possible to enable the design of vehicles with a good aerodynamic coefficient.
The battery height of the current bZ4X is approximately 150mm, while that of the next generation battery model is reduced to 120mm. Toyota also confirmed that this would allow it to produce “high-performance sports models” with a battery height of 100mm.
Toyota hopes to have it by the end of the decade Solid electrolyte technology. This is scheduled to go into production in 2028, offer a range of 1,000 kilometers and be charged from 10% to 80% in 10 minutes using fast charging. The Asian brand will then bring a second generation onto the market, which should enable a range of 1,600 km.
It is clear that there is still a lot left to do, and in a market that moves at the speed of light, especially with the emergence of Chinese corporations, but there is no doubt that after tentative beginnings, the Toyota board seems to have finally gotten to them have come to the conclusion that the battery-electric car is the future and are starting to invest large sums of money to avoid being left behind.