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Toyota, BMW team up on next-generation lithium-air battery

GasBuddy Blog -- Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW Group are working together on next-generation batteries for green vehicles called "lithium-air" as their collaboration, first announced in 2011, moves ahead in fuel cells, sports vehicles and other fields.

According to AP, both sides said the partnership will not involve a capital alliance while spanning a wide range of technologies for green vehicles.

The Japanese and German automakers aim to complete a fuel-cell vehicle system by 2020, and a concept for a mid-size sports vehicle by the end of this year. They will also work together on developing lightweight technologies such as composites, which will help make cars greener.

Is it a peculiar partnership, given the disparity between...


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honda0105
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not really thinking this marriage is that good.
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wont last long......
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 2:26:54 PM

We are still many generations away from when technology will make EVs a viable replacement for conventional gas-powered vehicles. Anyone who has owned a laptop, GPS, cell phone, electric razor, etc. knows that the rechargeable battery becomes useless long before the actual product needs replacement.
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Burn baby burn
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:52:54 PM

This will fall apart.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:37:21 PM

Asia and Europe teaming up, where did this happen before. There should be better results for all this time.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:25:45 PM

good
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:21:05 PM

Lol'd at Toyota described as "reputed for innovation and solid engineering but sometimes criticized as making dull cars." Sometimes? If there's a car in the left lane, with it's left turn signal on for the last 20km, doing 10 under while traffic tries to get by on the right, its usually a Toyota. Dull cars for dull drivers.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:21:05 PM

Anything like the Lithium batteries in the Airbus?

Ya know? The ones that catch fire during flight?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:17:40 PM

that is good news
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:14:01 PM

ok
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hoorey
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:10:37 PM

It's good that automakers are working together, get us to results much more quickly.
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A basis for WWIII: greenies vs practicality.
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DITTO
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:07:23 PM

Better batteries are good -- especially when our tax dollars are not involved!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:04:25 PM

Neat idea!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:02:47 PM

Working together with a competitor to bring prices down on all so they can get more consumers buying. Makes perfect business sense.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:02:16 PM

Hopefully not as flammable as lithium-ion.
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I would buy a CNG car first!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:59:57 PM

Good luck to them.
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Guess we'll see...
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:57:37 PM

If they want green cars they should just paint them green.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:57:33 PM

Great.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:55:25 PM

weren't there three?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:54:18 PM

Hope this isn't just another "green energy" pie in the sky deal that's due to go belly up!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:52:29 PM

Doesn't sound like it will happen fast enough to help Boeing!
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If anyone needs some fast solutions it has to be Boeing!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:48:42 PM

Sounds good maybe they can figure out a cheaper battery.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:47:06 PM

I am excited to see it; get it on the market now
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:46:19 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:45:27 PM

Repeat.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:45:16 PM

what will it cost?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:45:16 PM

Good news.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:44:39 PM

Good.
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We need to look into diesel-electric for autos, look at the efficiency trains have...
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:40:22 PM

ok.....but batteries right now are a waste of time......
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hopefully it works
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:35:56 PM

Perhaps they may want to also team up with BOEING so they can avoid some of their problems.
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Green cars will only help, mid to high income because of high price.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:35:35 PM

This strategic alliance could create a great product!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 12:34:35 PM

Hope Toyota and BMW can figured this out - interesting!
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Natual gas.
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sounds interesting
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Is this the second or third time I've posted to this?

We are praying for those who died or were hurt in the horrible Brazilian club fire.
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good luck got a long ways tooooooo go.
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Good luck .
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Old news, Boeing could take a look at
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Interesting
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Research and technology are the only things that will free us from our dependance on fossil fuels.
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hope their battery works better than boeing's did
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