The BMW Group has been consistently moving forward with the hydrogen fuel cell technology development as an extra choice for sustainable individual mobility, and the BMW iX5 Hydrogen will be unveiled at IAA Mobility 2021 that will be held in Munich. The Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) featuring hydrogen fuel cell drive train, which is still in series growth, will be among several cars that visitors will be able to test drive along the Blue Lane, which links main exhibition grounds with additional exhibition locations in city center. From the close of next year, a small number of BMW iX5 Hydrogen, which is based on the BMW X5, is going to be utilized for demo and testing purposes.
The hydrogen fuel cell concept possesses the capability to become a new pillar in the BMW Group’s drive train offering for the local CO2-free mobility under the correct conditions. In addition to the battery-electric models like the BMW iX, and BMW i4, BMW iX3, BMW i3 the BMW I brand, which is exclusively focused on locally emission-free mobility, may in the future provide automobiles with the hydrogen fuel cell drive trains.
This technology can supplement the BMW Group’s electrified drive train investments – and, in specific, meet the requirements of clients who do not have entry to electric charging facilities, regularly drive long distances, or eagerness a high level of flexibility – as long as the hydrogen is generated utilizing renewable power and the required infrastructure is available.
BMW iX5 Hydrogen is a hybrid vehicle that blends fuel cell technology with BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive system. The propulsion system runs on hydrogen, which is converted into energy in a fuel cell to produce an electrical power of upwards of 125 kW/170 horsepower with just water vapour as a by-product.
It can also maintain steady high speeds over extended distances because of this drive capability. The electric motor was created using BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology, which is also included in the BMW iX. It acts as a generator during the coasting overrun as well as braking phases, feeding power into a power battery. This power battery’s energy is also used for extremely sporty driving manoeuvres, resulting in a system capacity of 275 kW/374 hp as well as ensuring the brand’s signature experience of driving.
The hydrogen for the fuel cell is kept in two 700-bar carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) tanks, which hold nearly six kilograms of hydrogen each. “The BMW iX5 Hydrogen’s drive system is unique in the world, with its high-performance fuel cell and optimized power battery,” stated Juergen Guldner, who serves as the head in charge of BMW Group Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology and Vehicle Projects. “By doing so, we are blazing new trails for long-term driving pleasure. The hydrogen tanks can be filled in three to four minutes, thus the BMW iX5 Hydrogen can be used for long distances with only a few short stops in between.”