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BMW and Toyota to collaborate on lithium-ion research

POSTED BY admin ON 27 March 2012

The BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have signed a collaborative research agreement and begun research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery cells.

The research project is focused on improving the performance and capacity of lithium-ion batteries through the use of new materials in the battery cathodes, anodes, and electrolytes.

We can be sure that the technology derived from this collaborative effort would be channeled into future hybrid and electric vehicle models from both companies.

Cars such as the new Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid and BMW’s range of ActiveHybrid vehicles already utilise the more energy dense, but expensive lithium-ion battery cells to provide and store electricity.

This agreement follows the two companies’ mid-to-long term collaboration on next-generation environment friendly vehicles and technologies which they announced on December 1, 2011.

Under the agreement the BMW Group would be supplying Toyota Motor Europe 1.6-litre and 2-litre diesel engines in 2014.

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