The automotive giant has stepped up its efforts for incorporating an advanced energy storage technology that will boost the battery life of its electric vehicles (EVs)
Treading with the trends in global automobile industry, leading car and automotive manufacturers are pledging more inputs on the production of electric vehicles. In order to reap profits from this paradigm shift that promises an impressive demand for EVs in the near future, prominent carmakers such as Toyota Motor Corp. have induced intensive research for developing technology that increases the energy potential of fuel-cell vehicles. After extensive scientific groundwork, Toyota is slated to equip its range of electric vehicles with an advanced energy storage technology that ramps up the vehicle’s battery life.
Until now, the need for longer battery life was a feasible challenge for automakers as electricity supply in diesel, petrol and other fuel-combustion vehicles was primarily used for powering the engine during ignition and operating electronic components embedded in the vehicle’s interface. For production of electric or fuel-cell vehicles, battery life becomes the crux concern for automotive manufacturers. Measures to increase battery life have often hampered the energy storage capacity, and fitting additional apparatus to preserve the battery’s operational tenure have ended up adding undue weight to the EV; thereby lowering its fuel economy. Nevertheless, the Japanese auto leviathan has resolved this nub issue by looking deeper into the “life” of batteries installed in its EVs, quite literally!
Toyota has developed a technology by observing the particle movements within a battery that feeds power into their electric vehicles. Upon assessment of essential data that recorded these movements, the company has advanced the battery life of electric vehicles and boosted the vehicle’s cruise range, as well. The supposed technological advancement is slated to be installed in Toyota’s electric vehicles, and is anticipated to hike their cruise range by 10-15%.
The engineers at Toyota are claiming that this advancement is influenced by a complex method of tracking lithium ions, present as tiny particles moving inside lithium-ion batteries, which is being prominently used for increasing battery life of smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices. Increasing the cruise range of electric vehicles was a tedious challenge as electric powering stations, in any part of the world, remain to be less prevalent than gas stations. With such favorable improvements, Toyota’s fuel-cell vehicles are expected to deliver cruise range similar to gas engines. However, the company is less likely to change the expensive costs as well as the overall policy of its fuel-cell vehicles.