BMW will start mass-producing and selling fuel cell vehicles developed jointly with Toyota Motor as early as 2025, sales chief Pieter Nota told Nikkei, outlining the German automaker’s push into greener cars amid increasingly strict environmental regulations in Europe, Report informs.
BMW unveiled the fuel cell iX5 Hydrogen concept car at the International Motor Show Germany in September 2021. Small-scale production of the sport utility vehicle will begin before the end of 2022, the company had previously announced.
FCVs can be refueled in three to four minutes — much faster than a battery electric vehicle. Though BMW has not revealed the iX5’s range, the model is equipped with two roughly 6-kilogram tanks to allow for long-distance travel.
“We see that hydrogen fuel cell technology is particularly relevant for larger SUVs,” Nota said.
The iX5 is based on BMW’s X5 SUV. BMW and Toyota have also jointly developed sports cars since partnering in 2013, released as the BMW Z4 and the Toyota Supra in 2019.
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