Toyota, Idemitsu to tie up in mass production tech for EV batteries

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it will tie up with energy company Idemitsu Kosan Co. in technology development for mass production of all-solid-state batteries.

The agreement is part of the Japanese carmaker’s efforts to meet its goal of utilizing the next-generation batteries as early as 2027, Toyota said.

The move comes as rival automakers rush to develop all-solid-state batteries, which are expected to significantly increase the driving range of electric cars.

The new battery will more than double the range of the Japanese carmaker’s bZ4X EV, with charging reduced to around 10 minutes, a third of the time required with current technology, Toyota said in June.

The two companies’ collaboration focuses on sulfide solid electrolytes, a material seen as necessary to achieve high capacity and output for batteries for all-electric vehicles, Toyota said.

They will also work together on improving productivity and establishment of a supply chain for the battery, the carmaker added.

By Web Desk