Toyota has recently been criticized for its limited range of 100% electric models, which now consists exclusively of electric models bZ4X, But the Japanese automaker could be on the verge of moving from the back of the pack to the top.
The company has confirmed that its technology Next generation batteries will appear in production cars 2026 and that will initially offer around 800 kilometers of autonomy, and in later versions almost twice as high.
Like other companies including Ford and Tesla, Toyota has chosen to develop different types of batteries for different applications, similar to how the company currently builds internal combustion engines with different specifications and performance.
Like engines, different options
First of all, it will be like this two types of batteries: the first battery technology focused on performance and autonomy. Lithium ion and that will be aimed at high-end vehicles. The second will be a more popular and economical battery that will be used Lithium iron phosphate and that it will be designed to keep costs affordable Entry-level electric vehicles.
According to Toyota, the most powerful battery will be the first to go into production 2026. It will deliver a lot 800 kilometers of autonomy, It can be charged from 10 to 80% in about 20 minutes and what’s more, it saves the brand money 20 percent compared to the battery currently used in the Toyota bZ4X.
A little later, possibly in 2027, He Lithium iron phosphate (the same components as the famous BYD Blade Battery) more economical will increase the cost savings to 40 percent and achieve an electrical autonomy of about 600 kilometers and can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 30 minutes. This is aimed at the cheapest electric vehicles.
In 2027-28 There will be a high-performance lithium-ion battery that offers a 10 percent manufacturing saving compared to the first, more powerful battery. Charging takes the same 20 minutes, but it promises more than 1,000 kilometers of autonomy, However, this value can only be achieved with one vehicle optimized for weight and aerodynamics.
And the icing on the cake: solid state
And that’s not the end yet. It will also arrive 2027-28 Toyota’s first solid-state battery, which will also deliver 1,000 kilometer range, But it can be charged back to 80 percent much faster: in just a few minutes 10 mins.
A new development that will arrive in the undetermined future will extend the autonomy of an electric vehicle to more than 100 km/h 1,200 kilometers and, even in special cases, to 1,500.
The Japanese brand is also working on it Reduce thickness their battery packs to improve passenger comfort in the interior and reduce the overall height of the vehicles improving aerodynamics, further improvement of the Efficiency.
It is said that the battery in the current bZ4X measures 15 centimeters including housing, but is reduced to 12 for normal vehicles and 10 for sports cars.
All of this shows that Toyota knew that current batteries could not sustain demand for long, and so its research teams began working in a different direction. With all this he proves it innovative advances within the solid-state battery industry.
And one final fact to underpin it all: Toyota is an industry leader in solid-state battery research more than 1,000 patents registered in your name.