BMW and Toyota to team on batteries and maybe more

  • 05-Dec-2011 10:15 EST

Toyota currently is running a fleet of demonstration RAV4 electrics, with sales of production units to begin sometime in 2012. The EV uses a lithium-ion battery pack. (Patrick Ponticel)

BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corp. on Dec. 1 signed a memorandum of understanding for mid- to long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly technologies. One definite area of collaborative research is next-generation lithium-ion battery technologies. The OEMs will identify and discuss other possible collaborative projects. In addition, Toyota Motor Europe (TME), Toyota's European subsidiary, and BMW have entered into a contract under which BMW is to supply 1.6- and 2.0-L diesel engines to TME starting in 2014 for fitment to certain Toyota-produced models.

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