BMW producing hydrogen-powered cars

Although it’s not yet known if hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be sold, the German company BMW is still making a small number of its “hydrogen” model BMW iX5, according to DPA.

The Research and Innovation Center (FIZ) in Garching, Germany, is where the hydrogen-powered test cars are assembled. Garching is located north of Munich.

It has previously through a rigorous testing procedure and is the first off-road sports utility vehicle (SUV) to be outfitted with hydrogen fuel cell technology.

From the spring of 2023, the BMW iX5 model will be advertised in select areas as proof that it is feasible to drive a vehicle with no harmful carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.

BMW views its hydrogen fuel cell technology as an advantageous supplementary substitute to conventional electric vehicles. Customers of the company from areas where there aren’t enough electric vehicle charging outlets are particularly affected by this.

A chemical reaction within a fuel cell produces electrical energy. According to DPA, hydrogen is a fuel that never runs out and never needs to be recharged. It may also be utilized in conventional internal combustion engines.

The “hydrogen” variant, built on the BMW X5 chassis, receives its base vehicles from the BMW facility in the US. They have a revolutionary floor design that makes it possible to accommodate two hydrogen tanks.

In addition to typical automobile parts, the 12-volt and 400-volt electrical systems, high-efficiency battery, electric motor, and fuel cell are model-specific and integrated into the car’s assembly.

The vehicle’s electric motor is built using fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, which is also found in BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Although the usage of hydrogen-powered trucks and buses is almost expected to increase, DPA reports that the likelihood of this fuel being used in private vehicles is rising due to energy scarcity and rising electricity rates.