US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The cooperation of the two concerns, the most famous example of which is the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 duo, can gain unexpected development. BMW with the help of the Japanese is going to release a hydrogen modification of the X5 crossover.
The idea of using fuel cells has been haunting the Bavarians for many years. In addition to sports concepts, BMW produced, for example, trial samples of the 7 Series sedan with a hydrogen drive. And the environmentally friendly modification of the large crossover first appeared in BMW’s plans last year: in Frankfurt, the concern demonstrated a conceptual prototype of such an X5.
Now BMW has decided to share some of the characteristics of the power plant of the future BMW i Hydrogen NEXT. According to official data, its hydrogen part generates up to 125 kilowatts of electricity due to the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is stored in two tanks that can withstand pressure up to 700 bar – it takes three to four minutes to “recharge” them. The total power of the power plant, which uses components from another future model – the BMW iX3 – is 374 hp, but no other technical details have yet to be made public.
The hydrogen version of the BMW X5 will go into small-scale production in the first half of this decade and will be based on the new version of the crossover, which BMW will introduce in 2022. And to supply fuel cells to the Bavarian conveyors will concern Toyota, who managed to accumulate considerable experience in the production of such vehicles. For example, the Japanese introduced the Mirai hydrogen sedan to the market in 2015, which will very soon change its generation.
According to rumors, the cooperation of BMW and Toyota may be extended to the construction of a hydrogen modification of the flagship X7, but there is no official confirmation of these plans yet.
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