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BMW launches a fleet of iX5 Hydrogen FCEVs for trials.

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen produces a maximum output of 295 kW/401 hp and has a range of 504 km (313 miles).

BMW presented its first hydrogen vehicles to international media representatives as part of a pilot fleet that will go into service later this year. The BMW iX5 Hydrogen, the result of four years of development work, is entering a critical next phase with the presentation of under 100 vehicles to be used for demonstration and trial purposes worldwide.

The fleet of under 100 BMW iX5 Hydrogen vehicles will be used for demonstration and trial purposes for various target groups, providing an active driving experience for those not involved in the development process to gain a direct impression of the vehicle’s capabilities. The trial will offer insights into the practicality of hydrogen-powered vehicles and their potential for widespread adoption.

In 2019, the BMW iX5 Hydrogen was unveiled as a concept car at the IAA show. Developed from the current BMW X5, the initial prototypes were later showcased at the IAA Mobility 2021 where visitors had the opportunity to experience them in action as shuttle vehicles.

The iX5 Hydrogen’s fuel cell system is a testament to the BMW Group’s proficiency in electric drive technologies. As part of its commitment to sustainable and zero-emission mobility, the BMW Group is actively pursuing the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology as an alternative option for future environmentally-friendly individual transportation.

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen boasts impressive technical data, performance, fuel consumption, and range figures. Its overall drive system has a maximum output of 295 kW/401 hp. The fuel-cell system’s electric continuous output is 125 kW/170 hp, and the lithium-ion battery technology provides a maximum output of 170 kW/231 hp. The highly integrated electric drive unit has a maximum output of 295 kW/401 hp. The hydrogen tanks can hold up to 6 kg of hydrogen in its gaseous state.

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is achieved in less than 6 seconds, with a top speed of over 180 km/h (112 mph). The BMW iX5 Hydrogen has an impressive hydrogen consumption rate of 1.19 kg/100 km in the WLTP cycle, and its range in the WLTP cycle is an impressive 504 km (313 miles).

The BMW Group has established a trustworthy partnership with the Toyota Motor Corporation for several years, collaborating on fuel cell drive systems since 2013. The individual fuel cells used in the BMW iX5 Hydrogen are sourced from Toyota. The vehicle is produced at the BMW Group’s pilot plant in Munich, located in the Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ), which serves as the interface between development and production for every new model from the company’s brands.

The pilot plant employs approximately 900 people who work in various departments such as body shop, assembly, model engineering, concept vehicle construction, and additive manufacturing. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the product and the manufacturing process are ready for series production. For the BMW iX5 Hydrogen, specialists in hydrogen technology, vehicle development, and initial assembly of new models have been collaborating closely to integrate cutting-edge drive and energy storage technology into the vehicle. This emphasizes the BMW Group’s commitment to producing innovative and sustainable mobility solutions with the help of trusted partners.

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