BMW starts in-house production of fuel cells for BMW iX5 Hydrogen.
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BMW starts in-house production of fuel cells for BMW iX5 Hydrogen.

The fuel cell in the BMW iX5 Hydrogen, along with an electric motor featuring fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology and a high-performance battery, delivers 275 kW/374 hp power.

BMW has started the production of fuel cells at BMW’s competence centre for hydrogen in Munich. The fuel cells will be used in the BMW iX5 Hydrogen cars that will be entering service around the world from the end of this year for test and demonstration purposes.

The BMW Group aims to have a diversified portfolio of zero-emission vehicles. With this new technology made with a combination of fuel cells and a high-performance battery, BMW will launch a unique form of a drive system for the premium segment.

The BMW Group put all its R&D work and developed a more efficient hydrogen fuel cell technology.

BMW is making the fuel cells for the iX5 Hydrogen. The fuel cell in the BMW iX5 Hydrogen, along with an electric motor featuring fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology and a high-performance battery, delivers 275 kW/374 hp power.

The BMW Group sources the individual fuel cells required for manufacturing the BMW iX5 Hydrogen from the Toyota Motor Corporation. The two companies have enjoyed a partnership characterised by trust for many years and have been collaborating on fuel cell drive systems since 2013.

Fuel cell systems are manufactured in two main steps. The individual fuel cells are first assembled into a fuel cell stack. The next step involves fitting all the other components to produce a complete fuel cell system.

Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: “As a versatile energy source, hydrogen has a key role to play on the road to climate neutrality. And it will also gain substantially in importance as far as personal mobility is concerned. We think hydrogen-powered vehicles are ideally placed technologically to fit alongside battery-electric vehicles and complete the electric mobility picture. By commencing small-scale production of fuel cells today, we are demonstrating the technical maturity of this type of drive system and underscoring its potential for the future.”

Also Read: Toyota to start EV battery production between 2024 and 2026.

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