BMW has announced that it is partnering up with Toyota to develop fuel cell vehicles. The decision ends the German automaker’s partnership with General Motors that had been in place for the same purpose. The Memorandum of Understanding between the two carmakers lays out their plans to develop a sports car making the use of electric powertrains, fuel cell technology and light-weight technology.

The fuel cells that they will work on will be hydrogen technology and lithium-ion batteries. It is also believed that they will tighten up their diesel engine technology as well. The current rumors are that BMW will fit this yet-to-be created technology into an entry-level sports car called the Z2, while its Japanese friend will use it for the hybrid offspring of the old Supra.

Toyota is thrilled that BMW has jilted GM in its favor. Speaking about this, Toyota CEO, Akio Toyoda, said, “Toyota is strong in environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells. On the other hand, I believe BMW’s strength is in developing sports cars. I am excited to think of the cars that will result from this relationship.”

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