BMW has unveiled its BMW i Hydrogen NEXT car showcasing hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology.
The German car manufacturer will present the new model at the IAA Cars 2019 show which starts tomorrow (11th September 2019) in Frankfurt.
BMW is planning to unveil the next generation of hydrogen fuel cell electric drive systems in a small-series vehicle based on the BMW X5. The i Hydrogen NEXT is an example of just how hydrogen technology can be integrated into these models.
Slight modifications in the design of the vehicle make it deliberately recognisable as a BMW i model, such as the BMW i Blue patterning on the bonnet.
“The BMW Group is working on the assumption that, in future various alternative types of drive system will exist alongside one another, as there is no single solution that covers the complete spectrum of customers’ mobility needs worldwide,” the BMW Group explained in a press release.
Back in 2013, the BMW Group partnered with Toyota Motor Corporation to co-develop a drive system using hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Since the summer of 2015, the BMW Group’s research wing has been testing a small fleet of protype BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell vehicles powered by a jointly developed drive system with a Toyota fuel cell stack. The companies then went on to sign a product development agreement in 2016.
The BMW Group hope to start offering fuel cell vehicles to customers by 2025 at the earliest.