BMW and Toyota Announce Battery Development Partnership

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BMW and Toyota have already signed into an agreement late last year, under which the Germans were to provide diesel technology and engines, while Toyota came with its hybrid systems. Today, the original agreement has been enhanced, as the two major automakers will soon develop lithium-ion technologies for the next generation of hybrid and EV batteries.
“The research project being undertaken under the agreement is focusing on increasing the performance and capacity of lithium-ion battery cells through the use of new combinations of materials for cathodes, anodes and electrolytes,” the two companies said.

Toyota has also admitted officially that under their agreement, Toyota Motors Europe will get BMW’s 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines starting in 2014. The new Corolla and Auris are likely to be the first cars to benefit from this, but the Avensis is also likely to be targeted.
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