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Toyota Targets Battery Technology

Posted September 10, 2021

Aaron Gentzler

By Aaron Gentzler

Toyota Targets Battery Technology

Dear Rundown reader,

On Tuesday, the biggest automaker in the world announced it would invest $13.5 billion in battery technology over the next eight years.

“[Toyota] which pioneered hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles with the popular Prius, is moving rapidly to deliver its first all-electric line-up next year,” says an article at Reuters.

“Considered a leader in developing batteries for electric vehicles, Toyota said it aimed to slash the cost of its batteries by 30% or more by working on the materials used and the way the cells are structured.”

And the holy grail for Toyota engineers is a solid-state car battery…

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Toyota Targets Battery Tech

According to MotorTrend: “[Toyota] has a long-standing policy of keeping battery development and production in-house… and its solid-state battery tech is no exception.”

Reuters reports: “Toyota’s target [is] to begin manufacturing solid-state batteries by the mid-2020s.”

“We are still searching for the best materials to use,” admits Toyota’s Chief Technology Officer Masahiko Maeda. Albeit, the company’s still considered the “front-runner to mass-produce solid-state batteries.”

Not an easy task, J.D. Power concludes: “For all its benefits, scaling up production to the level needed for usage in EVs remains an expensive endeavor.” Add to that, solid-state batteries “are prone to crack when they expand and contract during use,” Reuters says.

But regardless of manufacturing and design issues, Motor Trend forecasts: “The global market for next-generation batteries (those that perform better than existing lithium-ion batteries) is expected to grow from $39 million this year to $413 million in 2025, $3.1 billion in 2030 and $25.2 billion in 2035.”

Market Rundown for Friday, Sept. 10, 2021

The S&P 500 index is stuck in neutral at 4,493.

Oil’s up over 2% this morning to $69.64 for a barrel of WTI.

Gold is down $3.70 to $1,796.60 per ounce.

And at the time of writing, Bitcoin’s down 2% to $45,735.

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Enjoy the weekend… We’ll be back Monday.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

Aaron Gentzler
Editor, The Rundown
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