Toyota is in no hurry to switch to new types of batteries and continues to use nickel-metal hydride batteries. They first appeared on the first generation Prius sedan in the late 1990s.
This is reported by RBC-Ukraine Auto with reference to Auto News.
At one time, the Toyota Prius became the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle with a nickel-metal hydride battery. In 2021, the company significantly improved the design, turning the battery into a bipolar nickel-metal hydride battery. For the first time, a new type of battery went into series on the Toyota Aqua city hatchback.
The new development provides 1.5 times more power than the old battery installation and allows you to place 1.4 times more cells in the same volume. Toyota began work on the new battery architecture back in 2016.
Toyota plans to use bipolar nickel-metal hydride batteries in all of its hybrid vehicles. According to Japanese engineers, the use of lithium-ion batteries only makes sense in the case of electric vehicles that need a large range.
Toyota’s current roadmap envisages the development of next-generation lithium-ion batteries in the second half of the 2020s, followed by the massive introduction of solid-state batteries.
Earlier it became known that Nissan showed its new electric models. The automaker will bring 23 new models to market by 2030, including 15 electric vehicles.