It’s no secret that automotive companies are being pressured to find out eco-friendly solutions by influential governments. A few options are being worked out and it includes electrification too. Pricing, it seems is the core issue if it has to be successful. Several carmakers have made impressive advancements in this respect, and carmakers like Toyota and Honda are leading the way.
While Toyota is considered as the leader in electrification, the ‘father of the Prius EV,’ Takeshi Uchiyamada, thinks there’s need for more breakthroughs before battery-powered vehicles replace internal combustion-based powertrains in cars.
Uchiyamada San says that current battery technology is not quite ready for widespread adoption of fully electric vehicles. EVs currently must be “loaded with a lot of batteries” to achieve long driving range and lengthy charge times and battery life are lingering issues faced by users.
“But as laws and regulations come into effect in places like China and the US, car makers will have no choice but to roll out electric vehicles or risk going out of business,” he added. “Toyota is no exception, but we’re skeptical there would be a rapid shift to pure electric vehicles, given questions over user convenience.”
Industry watchers are suggesting that the Japanese automaker is investing in new type of batteries that can be charged in minutes and have a much higher energy density than lithium-ion cells. However, despite so many advances made in battery technologies, most battery so-called ‘breakthroughs’ actually fail to mature from the lab to the assembly line for various reasons.