BMW and Toyota Team Up for New Tech, and a New Celica
Ford, Mercedes, and Nissan aren’t the only big players teaming up to gain an edge … hybrid technology leaders Toyota and BMW have signed a new agreement to collaborate on the research and development of more lightweight materials, fuel cells, and advanced lithium-air batteries to succeed the companies’ current lithium-ion cells. This is a binding agreement that extends an initial memo of understanding between BMW and Toyota that dates back to 2012.
Both BMW and Toyota stated that “They are convinced that fuel cell technology is one of the solutions necessary to achieve zero emissions.” Both firms have agreed to jointly develop a new fuel-cell stack, a hydrogen tank, motor and battery, with an aim to have these in the new BMW i models and next-generation Prii before 2020.
In addition to all that (and, by the way, this is the interesting part), Toyota and BMW will be joining forces to develop a new mid-size sports car platform – with initial work being completed by the end of 2013, with the Toyota model likely to be a car that slots into the range above the GT 86 (Scion FR-S) that may revive the Celica name and serve as a successor to the current BMW Z4, with a Lexus or i electric model also possible.