BMW do not forget the theme of hydrogen fuel cell machines. In 2022, the Bavarians intend to release a small series of hydrogen crossovers based on the current generation BMW X5. And the harbinger of such a model is the BMW i Hydrogen Next concept, shown today at the Frankfurt auto show.
The developers of the machine do not provide technical parameters. But they remind you of the main advantages of hydrogen cars over electric cars: refueling time of less than four minutes, solid mileage - almost the same in winter and summer. The latter can be estimated by the experimental model 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell. For this car it is declared more than 500 km of travel at one gas station with hydrogen. Since 2015, BMW has been testing a small batch of such hatchbacks, which helps in the development of serial models with a similar filling.
In this area, BMW works in collaboration with Toyota, which already has hydrogen production models (e.g. Mirai). Just Toyota helped BMW create an experimental hydrogen five-GT. Now the engineers of the two firms are working together on the next generation of fuel cells and on the modular scalable architecture of hydrogen machines. In addition, both the BMW Group and Toyota are members of the Hydrogen Council, an organization engaged in the distribution and popularization of hydrogen technologies in the world. Now it includes 60 companies.
The Bavarian auto giant claims that the X-fifth hydrogen will prove to be a pioneer who will set the stage for truly massive hydrogen cars of the brand. They, according to the managers of the company, will appear on the market no earlier than in 2025. However, getting better at BMW, this period can be adjusted based on “market requirements and changing conditions” (read - development of the refueling infrastructure).