BMW Group and TMC
Sign Lithium-ion Battery Collaborative Research Agreement
Tokyo/Munich - BMW
Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announce that they have signed
an agreement on collaborative research in the field of next-generation
lithium-ion battery cells and have begun said research. The agreement
follows the memorandum of understanding concerning a mid-to-long-term
collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly vehicles and
technologies announced by the two companies on December 1, 2011.
The research project
being undertaken under the agreement is focusing on increasing the
performance and capacity of lithium-ion battery cells through the use of
new combinations of materials for cathodes, anodes and electrolytes.
In addition to the
collaborative research agreement between BMW Group and TMC, Toyota Motor
Europe (TME), TMC’s European subsidiary, and BMW Group entered into a
contract—also announced on December 1, 2011—under which BMW Group is to
supply highly efficient 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to TME
starting in 2014.
(March 27, 2012)