Toyota developing electric car that can charge in minutes 0

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Toyota is currently developing an electric car powered by a new design of battery that can recharge in minutes whilst significantly increasing driving range. Reports in the Japanese media said that the carmaker is aiming to begin sales by 2022.

The new vehicle will be built on a brand-new platform and will use all-solid-state batteries, allowing charging to take place in a matter of moments, the reports said (but mentioned no sources). Toyota has not yet commented on the project.

Current electric vehicles which use the industry standard lithium-ion batteries require roughly half an hour to recharge even with the fastest chargers. Range has so far peaked around 250 miles.

Toyota is looking to close the gap with electric vehicles leaders, Nissan and Tesla, as the shift towards electric from conventional fuel continues to gather momentum.

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