The electric vehicle (EV) isn’t a fad, it’s here to stay and potentially lead the way in the automotive world.
Toyota recognizes the biggest concern consumers have with EVs is their range limitations; depending on your needs, sometimes batteries simply can’t provide enough power for extended periods of time. Although batteries have advanced quite a bit over the past few years, improvements need to be made in order for electric vehicle range to improve so more people can jump onto the EV revolution.
While Toyota has a lineup of EV and hybrid vehicles now, the future will see even more impressive models being released.
The Toyota Research Institute is investing $35 Million (US) into researching “new battery materials and fuel-cell catalysts”. What’s really interesting is there will be a particular focus on artificial intelligence (AI). Not to worry, we’re not talking dangerous cyborgs, but rather AI technology built into the battery systems themselves to help make them more efficient and, essentially, smarter.
“Accelerating the pace of materials discovery will help lay the groundwork for the future of clean energy and bring us even closer to achieving Toyota’s vision of reducing global average new-vehicle CO2 emissions by 90% by 2050.” - Eric Krotkov, Chief Science Officer at the Toyota Research Institute
Other than helping keep our environment healthy and sustainable? Actually quite a bit. By incorporating AI into battery technology, researchers hope to develop much more efficient battery systems that will deliver EV drivers much longer ranges. So, even those who travel long distances will be able to ditch fossil fuels, and in turn save themselves a lot of money by avoiding the gas pump.
When it comes to electric cars and battery technology, Toyota has been a word leader for decades. The Toyota Prius was released in 1997 and helped the electric vehicle (EV) revolution get off the ground. In fact, the Prius is still sold and is one of the best known electric cars worldwide and is sold in different trims to this day.
Along with the Prius, here at HillTop Toyota we carry a range of full EVs as well as hybrid plug-ins vehicles. Checkout our full line, including the Rav4 Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, Prius, and others. There are a lot of questions surrounding EVs and hybrid vehicles; feel free to contact us anytime with questions you have on EVs or any of our Toyota lineup.