At the 2021 Munich Motor Show, BMW The road-ready iX5 Hydrogen has been released, although it is still in the prototype stage, paving the way for the wider introduction of FCEV technology at the end of the century.
- Based on conventional ICE-powered BMW X5
- Equipped with two hydrogen tanks can provide a range of 500 kilometers
- Will not be used for regular sales, for customer trials
BMW iX5 Hydrogen: What is it?
iX5 Hydrogen is equipped with the most powerful fuel cell stack in passenger cars so far, with a power of 125kW. Toyota But considering the customized integration X5It is fueled by two hydrogen tanks, one at the location where the transmission channel is usually located, and one under the rear seat. They can hold 6 kg of hydrogen at a pressure of 700 bar. The fuel stack then powers the 369-horsepower electric motor and 150-kilowatt battery supercharger on the rear axle.
The cruising range is 500 kilometers. Considering the fast hydrogenation time, BMW thinks this is enough. The weight of the iX5 Hydrogen is the same as the X5 plug-in hybrid car, which is approximately 2,500 kg.
There are some external and internal decoration and detail changes to mark the iX5 Hydrogen from the X5 on which it is based, including design themes and decoration packages inspired by other BMW i models. New 22-inch alloy wheels are also available, wrapped in tires made of sustainable rubber.
BMW iX5 Hydrogen: Unconventional sales
iX5 Hydrogen will not be available for public sale, but its successor will be available for sale. Instead, users will participate in field trials to study how to use the technology, similar to what BMW did with the original Mini E ten years ago and the early research on BEV before the launch of the i sub-brand.
Jürgen Guldner, BMW’s head of hydrogen energy, stated that the company is “convinced that a second energy carrier will be needed in the future” and hydrogen is such a technology. Guldner confirmed that BMW is developing a BEV architecture that is also applicable to FCEV models, and that it will design a thinner hydrogen tank to adapt to the position of the battery pack on the floor.
BMW in India
Although the German automaker is clearly focusing on fuel cell and battery electric technology for its future global product portfolio, as witnessed at the Munich Motor Show, BMW has yet to shine in the luxury electric vehicle sector in India. BMW’s main competitors, such as Mercedes, Jaguar and Audi, have already launched electric vehicles in India, but the company has not yet embarked on the road to electrification in India.
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