(Bonnie Christian – Wired)
Toyota is nearing a breakthrough in electric car technology. The company is in the production engineering stage of building a battery with a solid electrolyte that would allow it to produce a smaller, lighter battery, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The new technology could be in electric vehicles as early as 2020 and would allow the world’s second largest car manufacturer to create smaller, more lightweight batteries that have the potential to boost the total charge capacity and extend the range of their vehicles.
Electric cars today are generally powered by lithium-ion batteries, but the so-called solid state batteries will have both solid electrodes and solid electrolytes. It will also mean pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle design as the charge capacity will be higher despite a smaller battery footprint. Click here to read more.