Meet the Toyota Research Institute — this institution was founded back in 2015 and has been diligently hard at work ever since, striving to transform your Toyota driving experience and capabilities all behind closed doors. These bright and innovative men and women have been successfully using Artificial Intelligence and other advanced sciences to help research auto safety, especially pertaining to self-driving cars, and increasing access to mobility for those who have lost the ability to drive, among other advancements. But today, their newest challenge involves reinventing and improving the electric vehicle battery. And to accomplish that feat, the Toyota Research Institute has teamed up with some of the country’s brightest and most noteworthy universities in the hopes of discovering a solution.
Toyota is set to spend roughly $35 million on this dynamic and strategic University partnership. With the aim of improving and creating better batteries for electric vehicles, both partners will use Artificial Intelligence to test different chemistry combinations, like Magnesium, to see if the materials have the potential to be used as an entirely new battery, according to Brian Storey, Program Manager for the Toyota Research Institute. The problem they’re facing, however, is that the lithium ion battery found in today’s hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles has already been around for over forty years and has taken many faults with consumers. Due to the high cost and low limitation range of electric-vehicle batteries, consumers tend to shy away from purchasing these vehicles and end up opting for the cheaper, less fuel-efficient gasoline engine option instead.
This trend is precisely what the Toyota Research Institute and its partnering universities want to stop. Through this new research into electric vehicle batteries and their composition and potential, both partners aim to develop a new battery that will hopefully deter consumers from opting out of an eco-friendly vehicle. The goal of this partnership is truly to create a new generation of efficient batteries that can be used in future energy systems and to see the United States launch ahead of the innovation curve and into a greener economy.
Everyone here at Central Maine Motors wishes these scientists and engineers the best of luck!