The German company started its adventure with hydrogen fuel a good dozen or so years ago, but it is only now that it intends to introduce vehicles with this technology on board for mass production.
BMW intends to offer a completely new electric drive in the early 1920s, which will be based on hydrogen cells. Although such technology has been developed for years, it is not as popular as ordinary electric vehicles charged with electricity from the outlet. This is due to the greater complexity of the entire drive, but also because of the sad reality of the still poorly developed network of charging stations for such vehicles.
The pioneer of hydrogen vehicles in the world is currently Japanese Toyota. During the development of their Mirai model, engineers have gained tremendous experience regarding this drive. It must be emphasized here that it is in the Land of the Rising Sun that the largest network of hydrogen cell charging stations is also located. Therefore, the BMW group decided to use the great experience of the Japanese.
In the 1920s, Germany will start large-scale SUV tests in its country in the form of, among others, BMW X5, powered by hydrogen cells. Plans assume that after 2025 this type of vehicles will go into series production and will be included in the company’s sales offer. Interestingly, BMW announces that it is showing a lot of interest in hydrogen-powered vehicles, which is why it wants to develop in this direction.
In Germany, there is the largest in Europe and one of the world’s largest hydrogen cell charging stations. This technology has a big advantage over ordinary electric drives in terms of the speed of replenishing energy. Charging an electric vehicle takes an average of one hour, while the replacement / charging of hydrogen cells is just a few minutes.
The hydrogen drive is also much safer than the normal electric one with batteries and less invasive for the natural environment, because the effect of hydrogen combustion is only water vapor, and the production of hydrogen generates much less harmful substances into the atmosphere.