The BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have signed an agreement and begun to collaborate on research into next-generation lithium-ion battery cells. This project is focused on increasing the performance and capacity of lithium-ion battery cells through the use of new materials for cathodes, anodes and electrolytes.
BMW is deeply invested in battery technology to drive their ActiveHybrid series and upcoming plug-in hybrid “i” series of automobiles. The BMW i3 and i8 are expected to be released in 2013. BMW and their sub brands have also shown several prototype two-wheeled electric vehicles including the BMW C1-e, Mini Scooter-E Concept and Husqvarna Concept E-go. At the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show, BMW Motorrad showed the BMW Concept e and said they planned to manufacture and sell a version of the electric powered scooter in the future.
The battery research agreement follows a December 1, 2011 ”memorandum of understanding” concerning a mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly vehicles and technologies between the two companies. The BMW Group and Toyota Motor Europe also signed a contract on December 1st for BMW to supply highly efficient 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to TMC’s European subsidiary starting in 2014.