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