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Toyota is reportedly developing electric cars that can be recharged in minutes

Toyota is reportedly developing electric cars that can be recharged in minutes

Toyota thinks the biggest of these hurdles is the current battery technology, and it intends to change that.

The vehicle will use all-solid-state batteries, which can be recharged in just a few minutes.

Toyota is working on developing an electric vehicle with a fast charging battery, the Chunichi Shimbun reported on Tuesday. The newspaper reports that other automakers are also developing solid-state batteries for next-generation electric cars. Solid-state batteries could soon show up in several new EVs, since the batteries have greater energy density and faster charging times.

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Toyota is touting its progress on a new kind of battery technology, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in today's lithium-ion batteries.

The company didn't comment on the specific platform, but they did confirm that they plan "to commercialize all-solid-state batteries by the early 2020s". That's a little ways off, as Reuters notes, and there's no telling where traditional lithium-ion tech will go in the meantime.

For many years, Toyota believed plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are the future, but last year the company chose to switch its focus on completely electric vehicles. While these seem very promising, the auto manufacturer is still planning to produce EVs with existing design and battery technology in 2019 for the Chinese market. How quickly the new EVs will catch on would also depend largely on battery costs.