As part of its sustainable mobility mission, BMW has started road tests of the first hydrogen fuel cell prototype, the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT, which is based on the BMW X5 model.
Longer Range with Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
Hydrogen fuel cell technology has a long future potential to support internal combustion engines, plug-in hybrid systems and battery-based electric vehicles developed as part of the BMW Group’s flexible drivetrain strategy. The most prominent and strong aspects of this technology are that it is an attractive alternative especially for consumers who do not have an electric charging infrastructure and often use their vehicles for long distance driving.
Incorporating the functionality of a conventional internal combustion engine, the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT offers its users a high range in parallel with the volume of the fuel tank, without being affected by weather conditions. In addition, hydrogen fuel filling can be carried out quickly in 3-4 minutes.
BMW’s Characteristic Driving Pleasure Will Continue in the Hydrogen NEXT Model
Another point of focus in the test drives of the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT is the continuation of BMW’s unique driving pleasure from the past to the present. After hundreds of technical examinations of the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT, whose systems such as fuel cell, hydrogen tanks and central vehicle control unit have undergone very detailed controls, were now carried out in accordance with daily usage conditions.
These tests, which are carried out taking into account all the details, are carried out so that the characteristic driving pleasure of BMW can be transferred to the enthusiasts in the BMW i Hydrogen Next without any change.
It Will Produce 374 Horsepower
The system used in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT works on the principle that the hydrogen carried in the fuel tank of the vehicle and the oxygen in the air enter into a chemical reaction and release the needed energy. This released energy can be directed in two directions, either for charging the batteries or for the movement of the car. This system can also work in harmony with the eDrive technology used in the fully electric BMW iX3 and i4 models. Thus, thanks to the hydrogen reaction, a power of 170 hp emerges, while the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT can produce a total of 374 hp with the support of the electric motors on the front and rear axles.
An electric current converter located just below the fuel cell module can adjust the voltage of the energy generated from the reaction to the voltage of the electric motor that powers the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT. The energy stored in the battery is produced efficiently by providing the energy generated during acceleration and braking during the ride.
The BMW i Hydrogen NEXT has a 700 bar pressure tank, specially developed to preserve hydrogen fuel, made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which can weigh up to 6 kilograms with fuel. The energy that comes out with the hydrogen and electricity in the fuel tank gives the vehicle the ability to move, while only water vapor is released to the environment.