BMW still believes in hydrogen technology. A few months ago, the German manufacturer had mentioned its plans in this regard, saying that it was working on a version of its X5 SUV equipped with this particular power supply.

The idea is to launch it in 2022 in small numbers. In the event of a good response from the market, the will would be to launch more hydrogen models in 2025.

After a few months of silence on this project, CEO Oliver Zipse reported some more details, confirming that the goal is for the BMW i Hydrogen Next, i.e. the X5 SUV in the hydrogen variant, to make its debut. in 2022.

The number one brand also added that this technology “could have the potential to become a new pillar of the BMW product portfolio“.

Hydrogen has long been considered a valid alternative to 100% electric motors, as it is possible to build models with longer range and the ability to recharge in minutes. A technology that on paper has solved some of the main problems with cars powered only by batteries.

But lately, more and more manufacturers have decided to put aside the development of hydrogen models for various reasons, including economic reasons, to focus only on electric models.

Daimler, for example, had stopped the development of this technology for its GLC, saying it wanted to focus its efforts only on the heavy transport sector in collaboration with Volvo.

However, Germany has launched a major hydrogen development plan with an investment of 7,000 million euros. This is an important sign of the government’s willingness to support new projects related to this technology, at least in the future.

Returning to the BMW i Hydrogen Next, the automaker announced that the car will use fuel cells developed in collaboration with Toyota to generate 125 kW which will power a fifth-generation eDrive unit (the same as the iX3). The total power of the system will be 275 kW.