☕️ Dark horse

Toyota is emerging as a key competitor in the EV race.

Good morning.

When EV-mania took hold of markets, propelling names like Tesla, Nio, Rivian and others up the boards, there was one glaring exception: Toyota.

The world’s largest automaker was seemingly not even part of the conversation, let alone the race.

Yet Toyota could lead the market yet, revealing it is getting closer to mass-producing solid state batteries that could recharge in 10 minutes and power EVs for 1,200km at a time. It just needs to prove it can do it at scale.

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