Toyota will build a new battery electric vehicle factory that will begin production of new models in 2026 powered by a range of new, advanced batteries.
Details of four next generation batteries have been revealed, demonstrating state-of-the-art advances in both liquid and solid electrolytes. Toyota has also previewed further progress with solid electrolyte battery technology.
Takero Kato, president of the new production facility, indicated at the Let’s Change the Future of Cars workshop that these next generation models will account for 1.7 million of the 3.5 million BEVs Toyota expects to sell globally by 2030. He also highlighted how a range of battery technologies will be key to appealing to a wider customer base.
“We will need various options for batteries, just as we have different types of engines. It is important to offer battery solutions compatible with a variety of models and customer needs,”he said.
Toyota developments will improve performance of the current liquid electrolyte batteries, introduce lower cost lithium iron phosphate units, boost range of lithium-ion and see the introduction of solid-state batteries.
Each type is better suited to particular purposes and Toyota will effectively offer a battery platform for each model in much the same way as they do different petrol engines today.