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Toyota close to licensing deal with BMW for fuel cell technology

Posted Jan 23rd 2013 7:00PM

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For over a year now, we've been hearing about a potential partnership between Toyota and BMW on everything from sports cars to lithium-ion batteries, but one of the first cooperative projects between these two automakers could bring Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell technology to a BMW vehicle. Reuters is reporting that an announcement is likely to be made as soon as later this week regarding a BMW fuel cell vehicle that could be in production by 2020 with a prototype running around by 2015.

The last we heard of Toyota's fuel cell technology, it was in the FCV-R Concept that we saw at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, but there is no word how far along in development this system is. If it does come to fruition, such a vehicle for BMW would build on the automaker's commitment to hydrogen that started with the Hydrogen 7, which unlike a fuel cell vehicle, simply ran on hydrogen fuel rather than converting it to electricity for use in motors. We're definitely interested where this Toyota/BMW tie up could be headed.



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News Source: Reuters

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Category: BMW, Toyota, Technology, Tech Guide

Tags: bmw, bmw hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, joint venture, toyota, toyota bmw joint venture, toyota bmw partnership

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GTR

MMM that car in the top pic looks soo good!! I wanna drive it right into a brick wall, it will look even better...... GARBAGE!

January 23 2013 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply