BMW has started production of hydrogen fuel cell systems for the next-generation BMW iX5 Hydrogen model. The first vehicles will hit the road for final tests before 2023.
The fuel cells will be supplied by Toyota and assembled by BMW.
Made in‘s competence center for hydrogen in Munich, the FCEV powertrain consists of a fuel cell, two hydrogen tanks and an electric motor eDrive fifth generation.
All of these are used alongside a high performance batteryin its architecture existingX5 . The German car industry will uses individual fuel cells sourced from Toyota with which the has been working on hydrogen engines since 2013. Subsequently, the will mount other components, including cables, compressors, and anodes and cathodes.
Oliver Zipse, President of BMW, stated: “We believe that hydrogen-powered vehicles are technologically ideally placed to fit alongside battery electric vehicles and complete the electric mobility picture… By starting small-scale fuel cell production today, we are demonstrating the technical maturity of this type of drive system and underscoring its potential for the future».
TheiX5 Hydrogen delivers a total of 368 horsepower. About 167 horsepower comes from the customized hydrogen fuel cell system. THE says that the its hydrogen propulsion system will offer one “unique form of powertrain for the premium class».
TheiX5 Hydrogen tested earlier this year in winter conditions in Sweden and uses many new technologiessuch as a high-speed, turbine-driven compressor and a high-voltage coolant pump. Just 100 cars iX5 Hydrogen will be produced initially. They will not be sold but will be used by drivers who will test them in everyday conditions in the USA, Japan, Europe, China and South Korea.
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