The Bavarian automaker reveals that it will develop a hydrogen-powered version of the ongoing X5. This model will be available in 2022, and it comes in a limited number. Last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we had a chance to see the preview by iNext Hydrogen Concept. Now, according to the company, the upcoming Hydrogen-Powered BMW X5 will have a peak output of 369 hp (374 PS/275 kW).
Moreover, refueling the tanks will take approximately three or four minutes. The forthcoming hydrogen-powered BMW will emit only water vapors. Furthermore, hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain will be produced in a small series, based on the ongoing BMW X5. This unique vehicle in BMW’s lineup will be available in the second half of 2022.
Hydrogen-Powered BMW X5 Powertrain Specs
The powertrain of the future Hydrogen-Powered BMW X5 model is made by the forthcoming iX3. The iX3 will feature a 74 kWh battery pack, producing 282 hp ( 286 PS/210 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. The electric motor will send power to all four wheels. Moreover, the zero-emission variant of the premium compact crossover will offer more than 273 miles (440 km) of the driving range on the WLTP cycle.
The hydrogen technology is developed together with Toyota, and the technology that will be in the iNext Hydrogen concept will include fuel cells from the partnership with the Japanese automakers, while the fuel cell stack and the overall system will be made by the BMW. The fuel cell system made up to 168 hp (170 PS/125 kW) from the chemical reaction.
BMW’s Fuel Cell Strategy
Well, the hydrogen fuel cell technology could become one of the cornerstones of the company’s powertrain project. BMW’s higher-end models of the X lineup are very popular. Therefore, the company will probably develop the FCV variants of the X6 and X7. However, we won’t see this vehicle at least until 2022.
But, why wait so long? the company already had the necessary technology. One of the reason could be that the hydrogen as energy must be produced in sufficient amounts, at a competitive price utilizing green electricity. Only then the hydrogen will be used primarily in forms that cannot be directly electrified, such as long-distance heavy-duty vehicles.
All in all, the BMW electric lineup will expand by 2023, with a total of 25 vehicles. On top of that, at least half of that number will have the BEV powertrains.
Hydrogen-Powered BMW X5 Price
According to the company’s vice president for hydrogen, fuel cell technology, and vehicle projects, the price of hydrogen FCV vehicles will fall in the next couple of years. Furthermore, the hydrogen-powered vehicles could become equally affordable as ICE-powered models within five years.
Also, in one of the recent interviews with the British Telegraph, Mr. Gulnder confirmed that the Bavarian automaker is developing the third generation of hydrogen powertrain technology.
Besides, the vice-president claims that one way to decrease the price of hydrogen powertrains is to reduce the amount of platinum uses to produce the small cells in the fuel cell stack.