BMW and Toyota sign up for collaborative research

BMW and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have signed an agreement on collaborative research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery cells.

The agreement follows the memorandum of understanding concerning a mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environmentally friendly vehicles and technologies announced by the two companies on 1 December 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.