01 Dec '11, 6pm

BMW partners with Toyota for lithium-ion battery R&D for electric cars. What will come of it?

BMW partners with Toyota for lithium-ion battery R&D for electric cars. What will come of it?

Two R&D Labs are Better than One Sometimes when you have to do something difficult, partnering is the best thing to do, even with a competitor. Rather than having each company reinvent the wheel and develop its own technology from scratch, car-makers have been making deals with each others, especially for the development of electric vehicles and the related technologies (a good example is how Tesla will supply parts and technologies to Daimler and Toyota (see here , here and here )). Probably using that kind of thinking, Toyota and BMW have decided to join efforts on developing lithium-ion battery technology for electric vehicles, and BMW has thrown in the mix access for Toyota to its diesel engine technology. © Michael Graham Richard [T]he two companies agreed on a collaborative research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery technologies. Furthermore, they h...

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