Driving enthusiasts, take note: it’s been announced that Toyota and BMW will be teaming up in 2013 to work on innovative new automotive technology. Not only that (and this is where we get REALLY excited at Toyota of Orlando), they’re predicting that they’ll collaborate to release a new sports car by the end of the year! With the likes of the 2013 Scion FR-S in Orlando already in our lineup, we can only imagine what incredible product will result from having these two industry giants combine their brainpower. What kind of new Toyota sports car would YOU want to see emerge from this collaboration?
Toyota and BMW tackle hydrogen fuel cell technology
However, Toyota and BMW won’t just be working on a flashy new ride. They actually have an agenda laid out for their time together, and they plan to cover four key points as far as research goes:
- To develop the aforementioned sports car. Our Toyota dealership in Central Florida is on pins and needles just imagining what this new Toyota collaboration might look like, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we find out more!
- To work on developing and implementing new lightweight materials. Why is this important? Basically, it enhances performance when you craft vehicles out of materials that weigh less. Not only do the offer more speed and get-up-and-go than cars packing heavier materials… they also offer better fuel efficiency! Less weight means the car requires less energy to both start moving and retain speed. We can’t wait to see if these new materials are implemented in some of our new Toyota in Orlando – can you imagine the effect they’d have on the already fuel-efficient Orlando Toyota Prius family?
- To research a hydrogen fuel cell system, and roll it out by the year 2020. This is incredibly exciting. If you were lucky enough to own an Orlando Toyota that possessed hydrogen fuel cell technology (like the FCV-R concept car), you’d find yourself cruising over 400 miles on one tank of hydrogen, which by far outstrips any hybrid or electric cars currently on the market. The problem? Finding a safe and efficient way to integrate compressed hydrogen into these new Toyota options, and then providing enough fueling stations nationwide to keep drivers fueled up. Undoubtedly, Toyota and BMW will meet this challenge head on!
- To research and implement next-generation lithium batteries. The goal is to create a lithium battery that’s more powerful than the lithium-ion battery currently used in Toyota models like the Toyota Prius Plug-in and Toyota RAV4 EV, to extend performance capabilities and make the driving experience that much more efficient. It’s hoped that this new battery will power most of its energy-making from oxygen in the air – can you imagine?
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Want to learn more? Check out the rest of our blog – we’re constantly bringing you the latest in automotive industry news. However, if you just can’t wait to climb behind the wheel of an innovative new Toyota in Orlando, come down and see us today! We’re just off I-4 across from the Millenia Mall, at 3575 Vineland Road. We’re open until 10pm every single day – we’ll see you soon, and don’t forget to check out our amazing money-saving new Toyota specials!