Today, the car makers BMW and Toyota have decided to pool their forces together in an effort to research the next-generation of Lithium-Ion batteries and battery cells. More specifically, they'll be focusing on "increasing the performance and capacity of lithium-ion battery cells".

This isn't the first time they've made headlines together, however: back in Dec. 2011, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning a "mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly technologies", so today's news really shouldn't be a shocker.

Originally, the vehicle-giants were to focus on the application of lithium-ion battery cells towards hybrid and electric cars. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that our smartphone or laptop batteries won't get a nice boost in research as well.

Sources: motorauthority (Li-Ion batts), motorauthority (MOU)