On October 12, Toyota Motor Corporation and petroleum company Idemitsu Kosan Company, Ltd held a press conference in Tokyo. At the briefing, the companies announced that they have agreed to collaborate on the mass production of all-solid-state batteries.
Analysts expect these batteries to become a crucial component of next-generation electric vehicles (EVs). Toyota indicated its plans to commercialize all-solid-state batteries between 2027-28. President Koji Sato stated, "Although the initial supply will be relatively modest, it is important that we first get them out into the world. After that, we will consider quantitative expansion."
The collaboration targets sulfide solid electrolytes, widely considered a promising substance in achieving high capacity and output. Sulfide-based solid electrolytes are made from sulfur components generated in the manufacturing process of petroleum products. Idemitsu was among the first companies to discover the utility of sulfur components and has been researching them for years.
Toward Mass Production
Idemitsu president Shunichi Kito explained, "We are confident that sulfide-based solid electrolytes are the most promising solution for EV battery issues."
"On the other hand," Sato pointed out, "the biggest challenge is durability. By combining our respective technologies, we have developed a crack-resistant material that demonstrates high performance."
Emphasizing their ambitions, Sato declared, "The key to changing the future of cars is the collaboration between the automotive and energy industries. We will achieve mass production of all-solid-state batteries and realize Japan-based innovations."
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Author: The Sankei Shimbun