Toyota to share its fuel-cell tech with BMW - report

Toyota FCV-R concept, 760, 30.11.2011
Toyota FCV-R concept, 760, 30.11.2011

BMW fuel-cell vehicle arriving in 2020

Nikkei is reporting BMW will soon be using Toyota's fuel-cell vehicle technology.

A final agreement between the two parties is very close and would allow BMW to use Toyota's drivetrain and hydrogen storage tech. The German company will develop a prototype within the next three years and is expected to launch a production model by 2020.

Recently, BMW and Toyota have been expanding their R&D connections as back in December 2011 they agreed to work together on green car tech, including co-developing lithium-ion batteries. As part of this collaboration, BMW would provide Toyota with diesel engines for the cars sold in Europe. In June 2012, Toyota and BMW agreed to cooperate in the development of fuel cells for a future sports car.

Nikkei adds various automakers such as GM, Daimler, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai are all working on fuel-cell cars.

Note: Toyota FCV-R concept pictured

Source: Nikkei via autonews.com

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Good move. Toyota is well known for their superior hybrid and fuel cell technologies
Jan 24th, 2013 11:55am
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Garais877 Garais877
thats right easier to take new tech from sameone else than make your own, in case if it will be not good than can blame others :)
Jan 24th, 2013 9:41am
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Great news. I think it's wise for BMW to collaborate with Toyota, as it must be increasingly difficult to compete with the VW group and its powerful economies of scale generated substantially by platform, engine, and production integration.
Jan 23rd, 2013 10:16pm
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GSS5_23 GSS5_23
smart move..i bet piech is shaking in his pants right now.
Jan 23rd, 2013 8:40pm
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