BMW and Toyota have joined forces in Europe to share diesel engines and develop future lithium-ion battery technology. Under the agreement, BMW will supply Toyota Motor Europe with small diesel engines.
From 2014, BMW will supply Toyota with 1.6- and 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines for use in several small Euro-market Toyota products. This will help Toyota sell more low-emission diesel cars in Europe. “By continuing to offer a line-up of clean diesels, we can complement our growing range of hybrids,” explained Toyota Motor Europe CEO Didier Leroy.
The two companies will work on development of next-generation lithium-ion batteries for use in future hybrid and electric vehicles. Additionally, the companies will consider other collaborative research projects in the future.
“It is precisely because of hybrids, electric vehicles, and clean diesel that the continued development in innovative powertrain technologies is so vital,” said BMW board member Ian Robertson. “We see our partnership as an important step forward.”
Previous reports suggested BMW and Toyota will seek to produce lighter, less expensive batteries. BMW was expected to co-opt some hybrid technologies from Toyota, but for now it seems the two will only share diesel engines and battery tech.
Sources: BMW, Toyota