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Toyota's game-changing solid-state battery en route for 2021 debut

Japan's government to join forces with industry to supercharge development

Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda speaks in front of an image of a concept car during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A trip of 500 km on one charge. A recharge from zero to full in 10 minutes. All with minimal safety concerns. The solid-state battery being introduced by Toyota promises to be a game changer not just for electric vehicles but for an entire industry.

The technology is a potential cure-all for the drawbacks facing electric vehicles that run on conventional lithium-ion batteries, including the relatively short distance traveled on a single charge as well as charging times. Toyota plans to be the first company to sell an electric vehicle equipped with a solid-state battery in the early 2020s. The world's largest automaker will unveil a prototype next year.

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