Driving range – or the lack thereof – is a significant deterrent to EV adoption, in addition to long charging times.
In a recent poll by the Washington Post and the University of Maryland, 74% of 1,404 respondents say that gas-powered cars are the better choice when making trips of over 250 miles, and a mere 10% thought that EVs offer convenience when it comes to recharging.
Toyota has been focused on fixing that and has developed solid-state EV batteries to increase driving range and decrease charging times. Their batteries could deliver 745 miles on a single charge with a recharge time of about 10 minutes. Toyota estimates that the batteries could be in 2027 or 2028 models.
In October, Toyota penned an agreement with Tesla, allowing Toyota customers to access Tesla’s 12,000-strong Supercharger network in North America. It is adopting the North American Charging Standard (NACS) starting in 2025 to deliver standardized charging on long journeys.
According to the EPA, the planet-warming pollution that electric cars create over their lifespan, including battery manufacturing, is lower than that of gas-powered versions. EV battery recycling is also gaining traction. With EVs, there is less need to mine raw materials such as lithium and cobalt for new batteries.