BMW is more than willing to align itself with other automakers in the race to develop future technologies, including a partnership with GM on hydrogen fuel cells and a deal with Toyota for diesel engines. Late last year, BMW and Toyota signed a memorandum of understanding (pictured) that said the two companies would work together to create new green technologies. Today, we learned a few more details about the plan to make better electric vehicle batteries with the news that the two companies have now signed a joint research agreement for better next-generation lithium-ion battery cells.

Specifically, BMW said in a statement, the project will try to increase "the performance and capacity of lithium-ion battery cells through the use of new combinations of materials for cathodes, anodes and electrolytes." That's not as exciting as testing a new vehicle, but when better batteries get to cars on the market, we'll be thankful someone took the time to figure it all out.
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BMW Group and TMC Sign Lithium-ion Battery Collaborative Research Agreement

27.03.2012
BMW Group and TMC

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.


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      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Give it up for Toyota. Teaming with Ford on trucks and BMW on this. Can you imagine if Ford had gone to Apple instead of Microsoft for Sync and myfordtouch?
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are the BMW team on the left or right side of the photo?
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        :D
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Hm.. yeah, that's a hard one :D
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Ah! I'm so dumb! The sign is behind them, and the BMW guys are there on our right, on the slightly raised section of the platform!
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Would have been cool is the Germans were in lederhosen.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Are you sure that platform on the right is slightly raised? You may have a disorder called 'race blindness', lol.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          The pic was slightly amusing in that it is so stereotypical, which is pretty amazing as I have known too many 6 foot plus Japanese to place too much faith in it in people under 70. Or perhaps BMW has a lot of basketball-playing execs?
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know, knowing what we know about Tesla and the roaster, it's amazing that someone like BMW or possibly others don't build a roaster like vehicle for 50-60K. I guess they just don't know anything but ICE.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        maybe roaster is a good name for a car : ) and yes you are quite right, the untapped potential of electric vehicle types that the big automakers could make is huge. in part they are incompetent and in part they are bastards who don't want to make great electric cars that will make their other cars look as bad as they are. but mostly they are just incompetent. I hope. if this whole thing including Carlos Ghosn is intentional incompetence and high prices I'll be disappointed. it probably isn't. humans are just fantastically stupid. but I'm not bitter : ) I love that the douche automakers and politicians are dragging a 3 year transition out over 30 years and plunging mankind over a cliff and robbing us of our future and wasting our short lives. what's not to like what should be a pollution free world and disease free lives with no need to work and travelling among the stars and communing with endless other beings is instead this world chosen by garbage people who are fooled by illusions of short term oil profit and personal power. and the sheep protect the system, even love their moronic V8s. but I'm not bitter : )
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        I don't think any of the big boys are too happy about using commodity 18650 batteries in cars, although Tesla have certainly wired them together well. They have been bitten too often by product recalls, and want a battery purpose designed from the start. With the present state of technology if you are building a premium car I can't see what is wrong in Volt-type engineering, or a through the road 4WD job. That way you use batteries in their sweet spot for running around town, power boost, gear transitions and 4WD but have the ICE for range and top end cruising. Further down the market I am more doubtful, as building a BEV is ultimately cheaper and simpler, but for a $50-60,000 roadster I am pretty sure that BMW will build a plug in hybrid, and I would be fairy surprised if there is not one on the drawing board.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im interrested to read their discoveries in a couple of months or years. Maybe they are heading for 2x the power density or more. But an increase in power density mean an increase in time to recharge it. I think that the best is to build a car that is a hybrid gasoline battery like the volt so you have the best of both world , it's more practical that with only a battery.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        You've confused "Power" with "Energy" again. Doubling the power density would actually enable faster charging, as the batteries could be charged with a higher power charger. Increasing the energy density could lead to battery packs that store more energy, thus get greater range - but would take longer to recharge unless the power density was also increased.
        EVdriver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        On the contrary, increased power density actually decreases charging time. You are badly confusing power densinty with energy density.
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Correction: roadster
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      soo... an alliance between germany and japan... what? too soon? : ) what they might try is aerodynamics and low weight. right now. but what do I know
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Okay, if people downvote you this time I will be mad. That made me LOL. :D
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