Japanese giants Toyota and Mazda will reportedly team up to further the advancement of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, extending a partnership that already focuses on existing technologies.
Mazda in particular could benefit from the expanded agreement, as Toyota’s prepares its first hydrogen model - the Mirai - to enter the Japanese market.
Reuters reports that unnamed sources confirmed the pair were in talks to expand the partnership, aimed at fast-tracking hydrogen technology in the face of ever-stricter emissions laws.
In return, Toyota would have access to Mazda’s SkyACTIV efficiency technologies for internal combustion petrol and diesel engines.
Mazda could also abandon attempts to get its own hydrogen technology off the ground, but it may find itself competing with other carmakers using similar technology - despite the partnership.
Toyota announced an ‘open book’ on some of its hydrogen patents at the beginning of this year, inviting anyone with an interest in furthering hydrogen technology to get on board which may erode some of the partnership’s benefits for Mazda.
The report says Mazda and Toyota representatives hope to finalise the details on their new agreement soon, but there’s no official announcement as yet.
Toyota and BMW have already agreed to work together on hydrogen, while other partnerships on the technology exist between Honda and General Motors along with Ford, Daimler and Nissan.
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