Rumors that speak of a likely bond between BMW and Toyota in the near future are turning out to be hot in the green car arena. Luxury car makers BMW and Toyota are expected to soon announce a partnership to develop next generation Lithium-ion batteries for electric cars.
If the partnership materializes, it will be beneficial for both the car makers. Toyota can gain more recognition in the luxury factor, while BMW, which is currently very low on green credentials, can add some green to its brand.
Also, with a new band of EVs set to bolster the plug-in car market – including the likes of Ford Focus Electric – the green automobile sector will have a good start in 2012.
Partnership in the green design has been welcomed, as it will push the industry towards better level of sustainability and efficiency. However, the companies haven’t yet announced anything official.
It has been seen that the present generation of Lithium-ion batteries powering vehicles like the Prius, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, are pretty costly and weighty. These batteries add weight to the vehicle, which in turn considerably pushes down the efficiency of the battery. The potential partnership could aim more at reducing the battery weight apart from trying to increase efficiency, it is believed.