It’s widespread for firms to espouse inexperienced insurance policies in public, whereas privately pursuing reverse targets—however Toyota turns this acquainted equation on its head. Different automakers tout their enthusiasm for EVs to the media, whereas pushing gas-guzzling EVs to their clients. Toyota’s leaders communicate in opposition to EVs in public, and the corporate actively lobbies in opposition to authorities assist for electrification. Again within the labs, nevertheless, Toyota’s engineers are researching cutting-edge EV expertise.
Consider it or not, Toyota is by far the main holder of solid-state battery patents, in line with a current examine by Nikkei. Different Japanese firms are additionally among the many prime patent-holders on this area.
Stable-state batteries for EVs are nonetheless within the prototype stage, however they’re broadly anticipated to be the subsequent massive factor, due to their better vary, sooner recharge occasions and lowered hearth danger.
Nikkei partnered with Tokyo analysis firm Patent Consequence to pore over international patent purposes associated to solid-state batteries, and located that Toyota is the chief, with 1,331 identified patents. Panasonic took second place with 445 patents, and one other Japanese agency, Idemitsu Kosan, got here in third with 272 patents. Total, Japanese firms occupied six of the highest 10 rankings.
Toyota has researched solid-state batteries for the reason that Nineties, and now holds patents in a variety of purposes, together with battery construction, materials and manufacturing processes. In 2020, the automaker demonstrated a operating prototype car powered by a solid-state battery. That very same 12 months, Toyota and Panasonic established a three way partnership, and the businesses are working collectively to develop solid-state expertise.
Toyota says it plans to launch a hybrid car with a solid-state battery by 2025. Nissan and Honda plan to launch solid-state EVs within the latter half of the last decade. Volkswagen has additionally introduced plans to launch fashions with solid-state batteries.
Supply: Nikkei Asia