With recent talks between BMW and Toyota spurring up regarding future fuel cell development, it seems that General Motors has left (or been dismissed) from the table.
Last December, according to Automotive News, talks between BMW and GM began. However it would seem that the GM’s deal with PSA Peugeot-Citroën would muddle negotiations, and along came the Japanese giant that is Toyota. Now, BMW and Toyota are set to officially meet today, June 29 for an announcement.
A quote from Automotive News Europe pegs BMW spokesman Alexander Bilgeri as saying, “We are still talking to GM, but no longer on the topic of fuel cells.”
It seems that one door is closing but it doesn’t mean that BMW and GM can’t still do business, but rather Toyota may have given BMW an offer they can’t refuse.
Update: BMW and Toyota have announced a Memorandum of Understanding towards the joint development of a fuel cell system, collaboration on electric powertrains, joint research and development on lightweight technologies, and joint development of architecture and components for, believe it or not, a future performance car.