The BMW Group is systematically pursuing the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology as an additional option for sustainable mobility. Two years after unveiling the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT concept car, the company will present the BMW iX5 Hydrogen at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. Currently still in series development, the fuel cell powered Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) will be one of several vehicles that visitors can experience as they are driven along the Blue Lane that connects the main fairground with other exhibition venues in the center of the city. city.
A small series of the BMW iX5 Hydrogen, developed on the basis of the BMW X5, will be used for demonstration and testing purposes from the end of next year. Its hydrogen fuel cell system is further evidence of the BMW Group’s leading development experience in the field of electric drive technologies. “With its high-performance fuel cell and optimized power battery, the steering system of the BMW iX5 Hydrogen is unique in the world”, Juergen Guldner said, head of BMW Group Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology and Vehicle Projects. “With this, we are forging new paths for sustainable driving pleasure.”
With the right conditions, hydrogen fuel cell technology has the potential to become a further pillar in the BMW Group range that is increasingly geared towards zero-emission mobility. Own the BMW brand is considering rolling out its line up with hydrogen vehicles, as well as battery electric models such as the BMW i3, BMW iX3, BMW iX and BMW i4. A project that will be carried out on condition that hydrogen is produced using renewable energy and the necessary infrastructures are available. If these conditions exist, fuel cell technology will be integrated into the range, representing a valid alternative for those customers looking for cars that can travel long distances without having to access the charging infrastructure for the more traditional BEVs.
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