When BMW and Toyota announced they would work together to develop platforms for the new Supra and Z4 models, people were excited,media reported. The partnership appears to bear more fruit, according to a report by Automotive News on Friday local time. It is understood that Toyota will draw on its extensive experience in the field of hydrogen fuel cells to BMW to make the latter’s i Hydrogen Next X5.
Now, automakers are using fuel cells for more and more reason. Specifically, filling your fuel electric car with “oil” is like filling an internal combustion engine with oil, just two to three minutes, rather than 45 minutes of an electric battery, which is obviously not to be underestimated. In addition, the hydrogen fuel network may improve as more and more manufacturers participate in the production of hydrogen-powered vehicles, especially in Germany.
The German government recently pledged to invest 9 billion euros to improve its hydrogen industry. The country aims to use the technology to generate 5 billion watts of electricity by 2030 and double that by 2035.
Klaus Frohlich, a member of BMW’s Research and Development Management Committee, said in a statement: “We believe that alternative powersystems will coexist in the future because there is no single solution to meet the mobile needs of customers worldwide. In the long run, hydrogen fuel cell technology is likely to be the fourth pillar of our powertrain portfolio. Our very popular high-end models of the X-Series will be a particular choice for us. “
BMW Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) will begin production in limited quantities in 2022.