The hybrid technology agreement between Daimler and BMW means that the world's (likely) first lithium-ion battery to go into a production vehicle - the S400 BlueHybrid (pictured) - will also probably make its way into BMW models. According to the Wall Street Journal and Just-Auto (reg req'd)], BMW paid some of the development costs of this battery, developed by Continental AG, in order to have access not long after Daimler does. The li-ion S400 should be out in 2009 and other companies will be able to get similar batteries from Continental, the WSJ reported.

[Source: WSJ, Just-Auto (reg req'd)]

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