Toyota Working On Advanced Electric Car Battery That Could Improve Range By 15%
- Toyota aims to improve EV battery life by 15% than currently
- Toyota plans to roll out all-electric battery cars by about 2020
- Engineers can see in real time how lithium ions move inside electrodes
The Japanese carmaker that lay the groundwork for hybrid technology has collaborated with a Japanese publicly-financed laboratory and four universities in Japan as it braces to roll out an all-electric battery car by about 2020. In fact, Toyota engineers recently had a breakthrough – they were able to better see in “real time” how lithium ions moved inside electrodes.
Yamashige explained this should lead to new designs that prevent lithium ions from moving unevenly and bunching up in the electrodes, a phenomenon that currently limits the life of lithium-ion batteries and vehicle range. It can also be a factor in causing overheating, he said.