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BMW exclusive: Clearest indication yet of BMW’s vision for hydrogen drivetrains

BMW exclusive: Clearest indication yet of BMW’s vision for hydrogen drivetrains

Trademark blue patterning on the bonnet, blue finishes to the radiator grill, and styled blue plates where exhaust pipes would once have been – design modifications that clearly denote a vehicle is part of the BMW i model. From the end of 2022, these features will be available as part of a small fleet of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles and BMW has outlined its vision for hydrogen drivetrains in an exclusive interview with H2 View.

From the end of 2022, these features will be available as part of a small fleet of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles from the German premium car manufacturer.

BMW revealed its BMW i Hydrogen NEXT car prior to the IAA Cars 2019 show in Frankfurt (Frankfurt Motor Show) and then promptly presented the model at the event the following day. Based on the BMW X5, a rear-wheel drive luxury SUV, the i Hydrogen NEXT is an indication of how hydrogen technology can be integrated into existing vehicle models and, perhaps crucially, of BMW’s intent where hydrogen mobility is concerned.

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“We know that what concerns the next generation most at the moment is climate change, and that obviously concerns us at the BMW Group too,” says Dr. Jürgen Guldner, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Programme Director at BMW, in an exclusive interview with H2 View. “We’ve said it many times and I will say it again here, we’re committed to the Paris Agreement very strongly and therefore, we’re working hard to contribute to that effort.”

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