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    Toyota claims it achieved an electric car battery ‘breakthrough’, says ‘up to 15 percent greater range’

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    Toyota announced today what it referred to as a “breakthrough” in battery research and development that will “lead to longer battery life and longer driving range for vehicles using lithium-ion batteries”, according to a press release sent out by the Japanese automaker.

    The company claims it will enable “up to 15 percent greater range” for battery-powered electric vehicles. more…

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    Wow... impressive... and from which base...? Oh, wait... they mostly make hybrids, no...?
    Next thing you know they will announce that they have in increased the number of engineers working in the program to commercialize EVs by 2020 by 'up to 25%'!! :p
     
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      At least Toyota is actively working to produce electric cars rather than denigrating them in the press.

      An all-electric Prius could be a great car IMHO. Nice form factor; say 200 miles range; sharpen the looks up a bit; very nice.

      Thank you kindly.
       
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        #4 Michael Russo, Nov 26, 2016
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        Hey, @Topher , please take my attempts at being light, admittingly somewhat ironic here, as nothing else than a sign of surprise about the fact Toyota don't seem to be resourcing their vision to success... Maybe they are just trying to be very conservative in their announcements... contrary to others...
        Be sure that I applaud the efforts of any carmaker to seriously develop 200-250+ miles range capable EVS... yet they've got to put their hear to it, no?
        As design and/or looks, well to each his own taste.... Personally I have not really been able to feel connected to what Toyota has done for a while on this matter... A shame because they have been making nice reliable ICEs and hybrids for many years now.

        Have a nice day!
         
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        Totally agree. Also, hopefully some of these findings will make their way to Panasonic and will benefit Tesla eventually.
         
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          Toyota should have totally owned the future. About ten years ago they pretty much owned the hybrid market, so they had experience and reputation in electric drive and they had cars that had adaptive cruise control and lane keeping ability. They had a good lead in building an autonomous BEV. But they took a short term view and now may be trying to play catch up, if they are serious.
           
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          @Guy Weathersby , agree. I want to believe they are serious and I don't doubt they now seem to have decided it is time to catch up... And by all rights they should and they can... but then why only put 4 engineers on the project...? Must be 4 pretty smart guys... yet, again, wishing them good luck, truly... :)
           
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            Not at all clear how Toyota's 'breakthrough' compares with Tesla's 'improvements'. Also not clear how to even compare them if we did have all the specs. Volumetric energy density is important, but so is mass energy density, and cost.

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            For reference the initial Prius engineering team was 10 people.

            Thank you kindly.
             
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              In any case, I wish them good luck, truly!
              Have a nice day...
               
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