What kind of doors open when you’re Toyota and you sell over three million hybrids? Apparently a partnership with BMW on “next-generation” lithium-ion packs and all sorts of future green debauchery. Whether the collaboration will bear fruit in time for München’s upcoming lithium-ion powered i3 and i8 remains to be seen, but the tie-up should save the duo mucho dinero as they pool development time and cut costs with economies of scale. The memorandum will also grant Toyota’s European outfit with access to BMW’s 1.6 and 2.0 liter diesel engines come 2014. Does that mean we’re a little over three years from the bimmer powered oil burning Prius of our dreams? Guess we’ll have to find out, but we can’t imagine things are exactly peachy over in France right about now.
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