BMW introduced that it has inaugurated the beginning of gas cell manufacturing in its competence heart for hydrogen in Munich. Oliver Zipse, BMW’s Chairman of the Board of Administration, and Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Administration chargeable for Growth, attended the event.
As introduced earlier than, the iX5 Hydrogen Idea from final yr will enter restricted manufacturing on the finish of the yr, each for take a look at and demonstration functions. It is going to make the most of a gas cell system, which, at the side of a high-performance battery, is about to counterpoint BMW’s portfolio by “including a novel type of drive system for the premium section.”
“As a flexible vitality source, hydrogen has a key position to play on the highway to local weather neutrality. And it’ll additionally achieve considerably in significance so far as private mobility is anxious. We predict hydrogen-powered automobiles are ideally positioned technologically to suit alongside battery-electric automobiles and full the electrical mobility image,” mentioned Oliver Zipse.
BMW poured some particulars in regards to the manufacturing course of in its launch. The German marque sources the person gas cells from Toyota, which confirms a earlier report that the 2 corporations are working collectively to mass produce new gas cell automobiles.
Based on BMW, gas cell programs are manufactured in two steps. A gas cell stack is first assembled from the person gas cells from Toyota. All the opposite parts are then fitted to finish the gas cell system. Each of those processes are carried out in-house at BMW Group Plant Landshut.
As for the iX5 Hydrogen, BMW hasn’t detailed the manufacturing specs but, although the idea got here with 168 horsepower (125 kilowatts). The vary continues to be a thriller at this level however we all know that it’s going to allegedly characteristic two six-kilogram hydrogen tanks.