Toyota May Supply Daimler with Hybrid Technology Toyota Motor (TM) is in talks to supply technology and key components for hybrid vehicles to Germany's Daimler, according to a report Thursday in the evening edition of the Nikkei business daily newspaper.

Daimler would be fourth automaker with which Toyota has agreed to supply gas-electric hybrid technology. In March, Toyota struck a deal with fellow Japanese automaker Mazda Motor to use Toyota's technology to begin selling a line of hybrid vehicles in the home market by 2013. Toyota also supplies Ford Motor (F) and Nissan Motors (NSANY) with the technology.

In addition to technology, Toyota may also provide Daimler with motors and batteries, the report said. The companies may also consider forming a broad alliance to develop cars that use hydrogen fuel cells.

Sales of the components to Daimler would help Toyota further reduce their cost through expanded production. The high cost of batteries has been one impediment to broad acceptance among consumers for hybrids, which on average cost thousands of dollars more than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

Toyota declined to confirm the reports, which also appeared in the evening edition of Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, but acknowledged interest in expanding its business of supplying hybrid technology to rival automakers.

"As has been our ongoing stance, if we receive requests from outside companies, we will consider the requests, taking into account factors concerning our production capacity and sales," Toyota said in a statement.

In the U.S., Toyota currently sells seven hybrid models, including the popular Prius hatchback.

On Tuesday, the company announced plans to expand its portfolio of hybrid cars, saying it would introduce six new models by the end of 2012. Toyota also plans to offer a cost-competitive plug-in hybrid version of the Prius, and a plug-in model of its RAV4 sports-utility vehicle which is being developed in collaboration with electric carmaker Tesla Motors (TSLA).

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Mike

I hate toyota vehicles!!! Worse vehicle ever parked in my driveway.

September 21 2010 at 5:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Fred

I'm sure their hi texh recall on them will be mind boggling.

September 18 2010 at 8:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fh1939

It seems like we as a nation are too busy trying to legalize pot and make pot heads out of all of us since the low live is trying to bring us down to there level instead of excelling in technology to make us outstanding in the world competitive unending strugle of national survival.

September 17 2010 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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themanindbox

Really? If anything the pot heads are the ones accelling in technology. The drug causes the effect of day dreaming, it is usually the best time to think up an idea. I have met a lot of people in my life and the pot heads have always come out on top, it is one thing to use it as a recreational thing, quite a different thing to use it all the time. But for that matter have you ever met an alchoholic that was accelling in technology? for that matter why are you blogging and not inventing the next great thing? It doesnt matter who you or anyone else in this country is, or what there vice is, even if they did create somthing that was excellent, you could not get the parts to make it in this country anyway, and would have no choise but to put your money into another country. We as people have no support from our government, and it will remain that way until we the people take over what was once ours.

September 17 2010 at 12:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
xkageookamix

thcy is the only person in here with unbiased information. I'd rather listen to the person who has worked on them rather than everyone elses one sided statements (on both sides). The rest of you are pathetic grow up. You bash on Japanese car manufacturers yet you fail to mention the dbags that drive Benz, Bimmers, and other European makes. I talked to a former Bimmer salesman. He says he loved selling them because everyday people would come back to take their car in for service. I'm in no way against European cars, but if you people want to point fingers might as well point it at everyone. Besides, better gas mileage ultimately means less reliance on oil. I've talked to the lead electrochemical engineer/technician for Mercedes-Benz hydrogen car prototype and most of the major car manufacturers are investing in hydrogen powered vehicles. A lot of the cars that come off the line in the factory come from plants here in the United States. Those plants create jobs for Americans such as yourselves. Crawl out of your cultural hole the effing racist biased opinions are sickening.

September 17 2010 at 5:55 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
John

I wonder if working brakes and gas pedals that actually work are part of the deal toytas getting in return.

September 17 2010 at 3:15 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
hmattfrmchatt

Im glad toyota has come forward with this information of sharing their"technology" as they put it. Lets me know what other auto maker to stay away from if they are getting "technology" from toyota!

September 17 2010 at 2:23 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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themanindbox

You should really look into other recalls before you point fingers, the toyota recall was called this year, but what about other ones historically that have caused major issues, it is amazing that you all just focus on the toyota recall when Ford motor company has issued more recalls on any of its cars then any other manufacturer ever. GM has taken a step aside and denied recalls on its cars more then any other manufacterer. Most notably the one that was from the 70's when they also had accelorator issues, but in there case the motor would actually seperate from the chassis and kill you by impaling you. At least with the toyota you had a chance if you had half a brain, you could flip it into nuetral and coast to a stop, realistically if people were not so damn stupid, this could have been a saftey recall with ZERO deaths, all people would have had to do was buy a stick shift. OMG the car is accelerating on its own... Hmm but if i step on the clutch it stops moving.. OH NO... LMAO@lazy stupid people. Recall list 1991-2001 Ford explorer Firestone recall cuased more accidents and deaths then the toyota one. 1971-1976 Ford Pinto Recall for rear end collisions causing cars to burst into flames. 1980-1982 GM X-Body cars, recalled 9 times for a variety of different problems. 1978-1983 Audi 5000 was recalled for unintended acceleration issues. 1976 -1977 Dodge Aspen was recalled 8 times for issues with everything from seatbelts to fire issues with the fuel lines 1979 - 1987 GM Pickup trucks with side fills, No Recall, but GM did pay out 500 million to burn victims from the truck being t-boned and exploding the gas tanks. 2009 -2010 GM Recalled 250K cars for seatbelts that seperate from the mounts during accidents. This was released on tuesday. Toyota in history has had 27 Recalls on a variety of cars since 1986 Ford in history has had 101 recalls on variety of cars since 1986 GM in history has had 80 recalls on a variety of cars since 1986 Mopar cars have had 99 Recalls on a variety of cars since 1986 All of this information can be found on Google or on the NHTSA website. Including what cars/trucks these recalls were called on, additionally how many millions of cars they were called against as well as the deathtoll of each car before recall. Toyota, honda, BMW, MB, are all WELL below the average on american cars. So you can buy what you want, but pointing fingers on recalls without the data to back it up just makes you sound ignorant.

September 17 2010 at 11:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Happy Face

I love Toyota Vehicles. Now, where's the political stories on AOL. The elections aren't over with. Could it be that the bloggers are beatting up the reporters favorite party? (Sept. 16, 2010.)

September 17 2010 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Happy Face

I love Toyota Vehicles. Now, where's the political stories on AOL. The elections aren't over with. Could it be that the bloggers are beatting up the reporters favorite party? (Sept. 16, 2010.)

September 17 2010 at 12:40 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dodie1990

Hy-brids run the gasoline engine in the winter all the time for heat and because batteries loose so much power in the cold. In traffic with your heater,defroster, wipers, lights,radio etc. on how long do you think batteries will last? Total electric cars will have a range of less than 30 miles in winter and only if not stuck in a traffic jam.

September 16 2010 at 9:47 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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thcys

Actually the Prius and I believe the other Toyota hybrids as well do not have to run the engine all the time, it has an insulated storage tank that stores water for circulation through the heater

September 17 2010 at 12:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
legalcld

Not to mention that when you PLUG it into an outlet to recharge, you're burning COAL which is one of the dirtiest fuel sources out there!!

September 17 2010 at 11:10 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
richard

Good, I hope Toyota shares their Tech with Daimler, and anyone else. That will just be a plus for General Motors. When the Volt comes out, all the other tech will be obsolete.

September 16 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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thcys

Have you really looked at the specs for the Volt? Approx 40 miles on a charge and then switches to gas engine, have to have special charger installed in your home that runs on 220volts, and costs more than a Prius? There is no technolgy in mass pruduction that beats what Toyota has, why do you think other companies whant to buy it?

September 17 2010 at 12:22 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
themanindbox

They are all to expensive. The volt at 40Grand, even if you did buy an american car, the malibu is like 25K. At 15K dollars how much gas can you buy? I would take the malibu over the volt anyway. It is hard enough to get an auto tech (Note: they are all techs no mechanics anymore) to figure out what is wrong with a simple internal combustion engine, do you really think they will figure out the volt.. Goood Luck!

September 17 2010 at 12:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply