This BMW X5 FCEV is built using Toyota's tech

Arif · May 5, 2021 12:59 PM

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During the recent “Hydrogen Technology Day”, a small series production of the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT has been confirmed for 2022. This hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, unveiled in 2019, is based on the current BMW X5.

As a joint effort between BMW and Toyota, the fuel cell technology is from Toyota while the fuel cell stack and the overall system are from BMW.

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BMW i Hydrogen NEXT

Developing lithium-ion electric vehicles in parallel, BMW’s research and development on hydrogen fuel cells offers an alternative to the management of energy in electric vehicles.

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The fuel cell system in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT is able to provide 170 PS of electrical power to the rear wheels.

With a high-voltage battery (fed by brake energy and energy from fuel cell) positioned above the e-drive providing additional boost, a total power output of 374 PS can be produced.

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The i Hydrogen NEXT is equipped with two 700-bar hydrogen tanks, which are able to hold 6 kg of hydrogen combined, and can be refilled within 3 to 4 minutes.

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The electric motor used in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT is the same fifth-generation e-drive used in the BMW iX3.

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The hydrogen car’s range is yet to be confirmed, but BMW guarantees extensive range in all weather conditions. 

While BMW’s hydrogen car looks ready to hit the roads, further commitment is still necessary to enable hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

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There is still concern regarding the hydrogen filling infrastructure and requirements throughout the entire energy system, where green hydrogen must be available in sufficient quantities and produced at competitive prices for individual mobility.

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During a visit to BMW’s component plant in Landshut, Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria and the state’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Hubert Aiwanger stated,

“I am convinced hydrogen technology will gain traction – and I am committed to making Bavaria a high-tech location for hydrogen technology. This is a constructive way of responding to the climate debate,”

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Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria and the state’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Hubert Aiwanger 

“The focus now is on building a hydrogen infrastructure at national and international level, from production to application.”

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Arif

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Previously an engineer in an automotive manufacturing company and a highway concessionaire. A part-time research student on biofuels and diesel engines. Obsessed with vehicle electrification and the future of transportation.

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