BMW continues to believe in hydrogen technology. Already a few months ago the German manufacturer had spoken of its plans in this regard, saying that it was working on a version of its X5 SUV equipped with this particular power supply.
The idea is to launch it in 2022 in a reduced number. In case of a good response from the market, the will would be to launch more hydrogen-fueled models in 2025.
After a few months of silence on this project, CEO Oliver Zipse reported some additional details, confirming that the goal is for the BMW i Hydrogen Next, that is, the X5 SUV in the hydrogen variant, to debut in 2022.
The number one brand also added that this technology ” could have the potential to become a new mainstay in BMW’s product portfolio .”
Hydrogen has long been considered a valid alternative to 100% electric motors, since it is possible to build models with a longer autonomy and the ability to charge in a few minutes. A technology that on paper solved some of the main problems of cars powered only by batteries.
But in recent times, more and more manufacturers have decided to put aside the development of hydrogen models for various reasons, including economic, to focus solely on electric ones.
Daimler, for example, had stopped development of this technology for its GLC, saying it wanted to focus its efforts only on the heavy haulage sector in collaboration with Volvo.
However, Germany has launched an important plan for the development of hydrogen with an investment of 7,000 million euros. This is an important sign of the Government’s willingness to support new projects related to this technology, at least in the future.
Returning to the BMW i Hydrogen Next, the manufacturer has announced that the car will use fuel cells developed in collaboration with Toyota to generate 125 kW that will power a fifth-generation eDrive unit (the same as the iX3). The total power of the system will be 275 kW.