BMW confirms it will continue with the development of hydrogen powered cars as part of a collaboration with Toyota.
Combining a hydrogen fuel cell with BMW’s new eDrive electric unit, the brand plans to test its next generation powertrain in prototype X5 in 2022. This is called the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT.
Fuel cells from the cooperation with Toyota will be deployed in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT, alongside a fuel cell stack and overall system developed by the BMW Group.
Producing no emissions, the peak-power battery enables the system to deliver up to 374PS.
It will take 3-4 minutes to refuel the vehicle.
Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Research and Development, said: “We are convinced that various alternative powertrain systems will exist alongside one another in future, as there is no single solution that addresses the full spectrum of customers’ mobility requirements worldwide. The hydrogen fuel cell technology could quite feasibly become the fourth pillar of our powertrain portfolio in the long term. The upper-end models in our extremely popular X family would make particularly suitable candidates here.”
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