EVs: The last domino has fallen? (8 Sep, 2021)

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EVs: The last domino has fallen? (8 Sep, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Sep 08, 2021 6:39 am

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Finally, Toyota has announced it's entering the battery EV marketplace, after years of pushing hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell power.

Now we wait to see how they'll come up with a car that delivers some kind of unique selling point or killer advantage over the competition.

With BEVs being intrinsically far more reliable than ICE vehicles, they won't be able to rely nearly as heavily on their reputation as makers of the world's most reliable cars any more. Will their massive investment in creating new battery technologies provide the edge they need?

The future looks interesting!

Are we ready for it though? As I've said many times in this column, EVs are the future and they're going to become that future far faster than anyone (especially our government and those who are planning the nation's energy infrastructure) actually realises.
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Re: EVs: The last domino has fallen? (8 Sep, 2021)

Postby psycik » Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:19 am

Is it self charging like their PHEV??

Why would you want an only external chargable EV...they're on to a winner. Sell every BEV with an in built generator, maybe a petrol of diesel one......oooooooor, what about just putting in a tiny battery just for starting the car, and using a petrol engine for drive. Yeah they should do that.

Serious mode on.
No idea why they took so long, after coming out with a hybrid so long ago, and then only incremental updates to that for the next almost 20 years.
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Re: EVs: The last domino has fallen? (8 Sep, 2021)

Postby Perry » Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:28 am

Tut, tut, what you say.

Didn't comrade commissar Cindy tell us that ToyMotor were rolling EV utes off the production line?

As for
This perhaps explains why they're throwing so much money at developing new battery tech, for the deciding factors for many new EV purchasers will be range and safety.
. . . I wonder how many are concerned with the re-cycling aspect. It seems to be the missing link. If ToyMotor could solve that, it's be bye, bye to the competition.
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Re: EVs: The last domino has fallen? (8 Sep, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:35 am

Modern lithium cells can be pretty much recycled. Key components such as the copper and graphine used in their manufacture are easily recoverable, as are the casings. Not sure about the electrolyte but I suspect it is also easily reprocessed, since much of the degradation seems to be caused by mechanical changes to the cells over many charge/discharge cycles.
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Re: EVs: The last domino has fallen? (8 Sep, 2021)

Postby paulw » Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:27 am

Regarding Toyota reliability., They're good with ICEV and it should be good with EV if they use well designed electronics with good components. We've all see good and bad electronics these days in the form of cheep and cheerful cell phones and TV sets verses the better made higher priced ones. .
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