Toyota, BMW begin developing next-gen lithium-ion batteries

More efficient batteries for tomorrow's electric cars
Mar 28, 2012
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The BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have begun developing next-generation lithium-ion battery cells nearly four months after the two carmakers announced their "mid- to long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly vehicles and technologies."

The project is said to focus on increasing the performance and capacity of lithium-ion battery cells through the use of new combinations of materials for cathodes, anodes and electrolytes.

Besides the collaborative research agreement between the BMW Group and TMC, Toyota Motor Europe (TME), TMC's European subsidiary, also signed a contract with BMW Group last December, a move that will see the German carmaker supplying its highly-efficient 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesel engines to TME starting in 2014.

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