What’s Happening: The BMW Group has presented international media representatives with the first vehicles in a pilot fleet of under 100 BMW iX5 Hydrogen vehicles, which will go into service this year for demonstration and trial purposes. The iX5 Hydrogen, which is based on the current BMW X5, features a highly efficient fuel cell system and a powertrain that channels maximum output of 295kW / 401 hp onto the road.
Why It Matters: The BMW Group has been pushing forward with the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology as an additional option for locally emission-free individual mobility in the future. Hydrogen is a versatile energy source that plays a crucial role in the energy transition process and climate protection. The demonstration and trial fleet provides people not involved in the development process with the first chance to experience the BMW iX5 Hydrogen and its benefits.
- The BMW iX5 Hydrogen is built in the BMW Group’s pilot plant at its Research and Innovation Centre in Munich
- The highly efficient fuel cell system generates a high continuous output of 125 kW/170 hp
- The BMW Group produces the fuel cell systems at its in-house competence centre for hydrogen in Munich
- Hydrogen fuel cell technology is an additional option for locally emission-free individual mobility in the future
Bottom Line: The company’s demonstration and trial fleet of under 100 BMW iX5 Hydrogen vehicles marks the next critical phase in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology as an additional option for locally emission-free individual mobility in the future. The iX5 Hydrogen’s highly efficient fuel cell system and powertrain technology, along with its ability to rapidly refuel, position the vehicle as a promising solution in the journey towards a more sustainable future.