BMW’s hydrogen-powered X5 is now in the testing phase ahead of its 2022 launch

The i Hydrogen Next will be produced in limited numbers next year
by Tom Harrison | Jun 18, 2021
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BMW has begun testing “near-standard” prototypes of the i Hydrogen NEXT—effectively a hydrogen-fueled X5—ahead of presenting a “small-series model” in 2022. The X5s will be tested in Europe under “real-life conditions” as BMW gears up to eventually stick a FCEV on sale, perhaps as early as 2025.

The i Hydrogen NEXT uses fuel cells developed together with Toyota and can carry six kilos of hydrogen in twin CFRP tanks. The fuel cell and the “performance buffer battery” produce a combined 369hp, which BMW says provides “the driving dynamics the brand is known for.” No word on range.

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Frank Weber, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for Development, says: “Hydrogen fuel-cell technology can be an attractive option for sustainable drivetrains—especially in larger vehicle classes. That is why road testing of near-standard vehicles with a hydrogen fuel cell drive train is an important milestone in our research and development efforts.”

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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