It comes as no surprise that the
BMW brand, innovators in the field of electric mobility, is equipping itself
for the myriad requirements of future mobility, as exemplified by the BMW i Hydrogen
NEXT concept. Hydrogen vehicles represent an important alternative and addition
to battery-electric drive systems, offering more efficient driving alternatives
which will suit a broader spectrum of customers. The introduction of a BMW hydrogen
car, as presented this week at the IAA Cars 2019 Show, emphasises the brand’s pledge
to achieving zero-emission mobility as part of an ingenious strategy.
While BMW have yet to disclose any specifications for this innovative BMW hydrogen car, we can expect a collection of hydrogen fuel cell electric drive systems to be launched in a series of vehicles based on the current BMW X5. The BMW i Hydrogen NEXT concept lends us insight into what this model has in store. The BMW Group would start offering fuel cell vehicles for customers in 2025 at the earliest, but the timing very much depends on market requirements and overall conditions.
The design of the BMW i Hydrogen Next concept proves that this world-class technology can be integrated effectively into a dynamic vehicle such as the BMW X5. Slight modifications to the vehicle’s design make it deliberately recognisable as a BMW i model. When viewed from the front, the adjustments are obvious in the distinctive BMW i Blue patterning on the bonnet. This patterning reappears in three-dimensional form in the air intakes. The pattern’s shape and colour form a dynamic flow across the front end and flanks of the Mineral White body. The detailing on the light-alloy wheels provides further confirmation of the model’s BMW i genes. The development vehicle’s innovative nature shines through at the rear, too, thanks to the BMW i Blue diffuser elements. Their blanked off design without exhaust tailpipes clearly highlights that the car’s drive system produces zero local emissions.