The BMW i Hydrogen NEXT is a pure electric vehicle that uses hydrogen as fuel, which converts to electricity in a fuel cell. The extensive field testing has started in Europe and the vehicle is projected to enter the production phase in 2022.
BMW has tested the hydrogen storage tank, battery pack, and electric motors individually. However, BMW is yet to assess the entirety of the i Hydrogen NEXT. The aim is to examine how effectively the CO2-free drive train works in real-life conditions. Also, to measure metrics which include reliability, safety, and efficiency during everyday conditions to ensure the new model has the same sheer driving pleasure of all BMW models.
BMW board member Frank Weber said “Hydrogen fuel cell technology can be an attractive option for sustainable drivetrains – especially in larger vehicle classes. That is why road testing of near-standard vehicles with a hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain is an important milestone in our research and development efforts.”