Toyota plans to release its first vehicle with solid state batteries by 2025, according to an Autoline interview with the company’s chief scientist, Gill Pratt. Solid state batteries bring faster charging and longer range, and Toyota will initially debut the technology in a hybrid rather than a pure-electric vehicle.
The reason Pratt gives makes a lot of sense — the battery requirement for a pure-electric is much greater than a hybrid, and this technology will be expensive to start. Better instead to use hybrids and their smaller battery packs.
What makes even more sense is Lexus being the first brand to offer the technology, which brings to mind some of the vehicles from last month’s huge concept-bonanza: