"According to the Wall Street Journal, Toyota is in production engineering for a solid state battery, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in today's lithium-ion batteries.
The company said it aims to put the new tech in production electric vehicles as early as 2020. TechCrunch reports:
The improved battery technology
- would make it possible to create smaller, more lightweight lithium-ion batteries for use in EVs, that could also
- potentially boost the total charge capacity and
- result in longer-range vehicles.
- Another improvement for this type of battery would be longer overall usable life, which would make it possible to both use the vehicles they're installed in for longer, and
- add potential for product recycling and alternative post-vehicle life (some companies are already looking into putting EV batteries into use in home and commercial energy storage, for example)."