The automotive company Toyota Motor Corp and the start-up EneCoat Technologies Co., with headquarters in Kyoto prefecture, have announced a project for the development of state-of-the-art perovskite (PSC) solar cells. It is a particular type of lighter and thinner photovoltaic cells than those made of crystalline silicon, and they are also foldable. They are expected to be used in electric vehicles already in 2026. According to some rumours, the Japanese Itochu Corporation might soon start collaborating with ZF German Group, third world supplier of car components, for the launch of a commercial electric vehicle already in 2026.
The Japanese company aims at decreasing the costs of electric batteries through a fixed-price subscription, so that the total subscription cost summed to the one of the electricity needed to charge batteries is lower than the fuel cost.