BMW PLANS FOR A HYDROGEN FUEL CELL MARKET
BMW Group has recently begun the production of a hydrogen-powered crossover. Indeed, a test fleet of BMW iX5 Hydrogen based on the popular BMW X5 crossover should hit the road early next year. From there, the well-known German manufacturer would like to commercialize the technology by the decade’s end.
BMW is, like Toyota and Hyundai, one of a few automakers that see fuel cell technology gaining popularity in a world of combustion engine vehicles though many observers are still afraid that there is not enough hydrogen refuelling stations. Yet, BMW will be pushing its 374 hp iX5 SUV that has a 475 km range and a maximum speed of 190 km/h. Its onboard fuel cell system combines hydrogen with oxygen to make electricity that powers the electric motors. The biggest advantage? Filling the tanks takes much less time than recharging batteries.