BMW and Toyota are collaborating to launch new hydrogen-powered models

More than a decade has passed since BMW and Toyota began their collaboration. This partnership spawned the Supra and the Z4, but the ties between the two giants actually run deeper than the sports car tandem.

Namely, BMW and Toyota will start the mass production and sale of jointly developed cars on hydrogen fuel cells, starting in 2025. Peter Nota, head of sales of the Bavarian manufacturer, provided certain information to the publication Nikkei Asia.

Although Nota did not disclose details regarding the new FCEV models, he said that BMW sees hydrogen as “especially important for large SUVs”. Previous rumors have suggested that BMW is interested in adding a hydrogen powertrain to the X7 lineup.

However, customers won’t have to wait another three years to get to know BMW’s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The iX5 Hydrogen Concept, which was unveiled at last year’s Munich Motor Show, will begin limited production later this year.

BMW’s focus on fuel cell technology allows the company to expand its investments, continuing to invest in both internal combustion engines and battery electric vehicles.

However, the infrastructure necessary for the functioning of hydrogen-powered vehicles is almost non-existent. The German manufacturer wants 50 percent of the group’s new car sales to be purely electric by 2030, including Mini and Rolls-Royce.

We don’t know all the details about the new iX5 Hydrogen model. The concept arrived with 170 hp (125 kW), but its maximum range remained unknown. This crossover will reportedly use two hydrogen tanks, with a capacity of six kilograms each. The powertrain in question can deliver up to 374 hp, but BMW has chosen to prioritize efficiency over performance.

Toyota has a long history of developing hydrogen fuel cells, so it is not surprising that the Bavarians entered into cooperation with the Japanese giant, which began the development of technology in this area back in 1992, which culminated in the serial model Mirai, which entered the market in 2015. The FCEV has recently been thoroughly revised, entering the second generation.

Source: Auto Moto Show

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