BMW To Present Its First-Ever Hydrogen Fuel Cell Drive System At 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Next month, at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, BMW will display its prototype fuel cell drive module for electric cars.
Back in 2013, BMW and Toyota teamed up on joint development of hydrogen fuel cell systems. Toyota’s Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has been unveiled, so now it’s time for BMW to show off its hydrogen hardware.
We should point out that what BMW displays in Detroit will be a next-generation system, more advanced and capable than what’s found in the Toyota Mirai. In fact, this system, in some form, will likely power BMWs and Toyotas beginning in 2020 at the latest.
Naturally, BMW’s hydrogen fuel cell drive system will find a home in the BMW i sub-brand, which backs our speculative report that someday a BMW i5 will come with a hydrogen fuel cell system.
Look for us to post exclusive information on this and other topics live from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
The Detroit show will also see the first presentation of a drive module prototype revealing a structure for the drive and energy storage components, as well as their possible integration into a future Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). While pure battery-based electric vehicles specialize in covering mobility needs in urban metropolitan surroundings, hydrogen fuel cell drive systems offer electric mobility with a high operating range and very short refuelling times. This explains why hydrogen fuel cell technology is an integral long-term component of the BMW Group’s EfficientDynamics strategy. In order to take into account the particular requirements of this technology in cars and to utilize its potential as fully as possible, BMW is replicating its approach with its series-produced BMW i3 and BMW i8 models by focusing on a specific vehicle architecture for a future Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle. The fuel cell unit of the drive module includes the first fruits of the company’s cooperation with Toyota, the industry’s leading manufacturer of fuel cell technology. This builds on Toyota’s 2015 series production technology, which BMW and Toyota were able to adapt to suit the specific requirements of BMW.