The BMW Group unveiled a hydrogen car pilot fleet. The German automaker’s CEO referred to hydrogen as “the missing piece in the jigsaw when it comes to emission-free mobility.”
The BMW iX5 Hydrogen, which boasts a top speed of more than 112 miles per hour and employs Toyota fuel cells, is being assembled at a factory in Munich.
The hydrogen is stored in two tanks and may be filled in three to four minutes. In the Globally Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure or WLTP cycle, BMW claims a range of 313 miles.
It will go into service in 2023, with a fleet of ‘under 100 vehicles’ planned to be ‘used internationally for demonstration and trial reasons for diverse target groups.’
BMW Chair Oliver Zipse stated in a statement that hydrogen is “a versatile energy source that has a key role to play in the energy transition process and, therefore, in climate protection.”
He continued, calling hydrogen “one of the most efficient ways of storing and transporting renewable energies.”
“We should use this potential to also accelerate the transformation of the mobility sector,” added Zipse.
“Hydrogen is the missing piece in the jigsaw when it comes to emission-free mobility.”
“One technology on its own will not be enough to enable climate-neutral mobility worldwide.”
The International Energy Agency describes hydrogen as a ‘versatile energy carrier’ with applications in industries such as manufacturing and transportation.
BMW is one of several automakers investigating the potential of hydrogen. Toyota and Hyundai are among the others, while smaller companies such as Riversimple are also working on hydrogen-powered vehicles.
While hydrogen has its supporters, several high-profile figures in the car business are sceptical.
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