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Friday, October 14, 2016

BMW To Enter Hydrogen Fuel Cell Market Next Decade

#BMW has revealed that early next decade, it will launch a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, reports BMW Blog.

During a speech at the Aachen Colloquium Automobile and Engine Technology, member of the board of management at BMW AG, Development, Klaus Frohlich said that the company will initially produce hydrogen models in limited numbers before launching additional models when infrastructure improves.

“BMW will enter the fuel cell market early in the next decade, starting with very small production runs,” he said.

“However, until 2025 at least costs will remain too high and the hydrogen infrastructure too sparse to allow broad-based market penetration. By the time the fundamentals are in place, the BMW Group will also have marketable products ready that are attractive to customers.”

Last year, the car maker revealed its i8 and 5-Series GT hydrogen prototypes as a precursor to the brand's first production-spec hydrogen vehicle.

The technology is being developed alongside Toyota but at this stage, it isn't known if BMW intends on making its first hydrogen model a totally bespoke car or instead, a variation of an existing model.


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