Toyota has long avoided the urge to toss its hat in the ring and go against the likes of Nissan for its Leaf or Golf for the eGolf EV, but those days seem to becoming to a close. Toyota has announced tentative plans to release a full long-range EV in the future, the only difference is the automaker plans on using solid state batteries to do it.

Solid State Batteries

What are Solid State Batteries?

Solid state batteries are still seen as an experimental technology, but they essentially replace the liquid chemicals in a battery with solid crystalline versions instead. They are thought to have a much higher capacity and to be more capable than the liquid-based options like Ni-Cad or Lithium-iON, but nobody has figured out how to create stable batteries that can be relied upon just yet.

Toyota Works for Solid State Battery Development

Toyota recently announced that it would try to create commercially viable solid state batteries for release by 2020. With the release of those batteries the automaker would have the tech to create some pretty substantial EVs that could rival most other products made by automakers then, or at least that’s the belief. While Toyota has only stated it’s going to push for development of solid state batteries by the early 2020’s, the automaker doesn’t actually state that it’s going to release any products based on that battery technology once the tech comes out.

Tesla has directly questioned whether or not Toyota is as close to creating commercially viable multi-cell solid-state batteries, but the automaker says that they are interested and support the endeavor. If Toyota is able to create such a product that’s fit for release, the automaker will have the upper-hand and could create a very competitive electric vehicle. Whether or not Toyota will pursue this action depends on what the automaker decides is the most profitable way forward, but we think it’s pretty likely. Toyota is well-known for being a pioneer of new technologies, and continues to release tech to the masses before other automakers dare. This breakthrough would be something Toyota could seriously benefit from, and the best way to do that is by releasing a powerful EV of its own.