Recently, German carmaker BMW has announced a partnership with Toyota to develop fuel cell cars. Both companies are working on new hydrogen fuel cell cars. Under this partnership, there have been reports of the launch of the first fuel cell car in 2025.
A BMW official recently told a press conference that BMW and Toyota are working on a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle project. He said that BMW chose Toyota as its partner because the company has been working on this technology since 1990 and has also launched a fuel cell car till now.
A BMW official said that the fuel cell technology is especially suitable for large SUV sized cars. Developing fuel cell technology for small cars is more complicated and has less chance of success, he added.
BMW recently showcased its first hydrogen-powered fuel cell car, the iX5, at the 2021 Munich Motor Show. The company is also preparing to produce some units of this car.
Fuel cell vehicles can prove to be much better than electric vehicles. Fuel cell vehicles do not generate any kind of emissions and their refueling is also very easy. While electric cars take hours to charge, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can be refueled in a matter of minutes.
Let us tell you that Toyota has also developed its own fuel cell car. Toyota Mirai is the first fuel cell car of the brand. This car has also been launched in India but the company is not doing its commercial production. Talking about the BMW iX5 Hydrogen, this car can give a range of 500 km on full tank hydrogen. A 6 kg hydrogen tank has been installed in this car.
At the moment, BMW’s hydrogen SUV is not yet fully developed. The company claims that when fully developed, this car will be capable of delivering a range of more than 500 km. It takes 4-5 minutes to fill the hydrogen tank in the car completely.