BMW has started its own production of fuel cells for the iX5 Hydrogen at the hydrogen technology center in Munich. The reason was a small series of iX5 Hydrogen, which will be used worldwide for testing and demonstrations from the end of this year.
Preparations for small-scale production have been underway since May 2021, and last autumn the fuel cell vehicle was used on the runways of the IAA in Munich. At the beginning of the year, the BZ off-road vehicle entered winter testing.
In the future, BMW will manufacture the fuel cell system for the iX5 at its own hydrogen competence center in Munich. However, BMW gets the individual fuel cells needed for production from Toyota.
Fuel cell systems are manufactured in two stages: in the first stage, individual fuel cells are stacked on top of each other, forming a so-called package. In the next step, all other components are assembled into a complete system.
The key technical data is mostly known from 2020: hydrogen (up to 6 kg) is stored in two 700 bar tanks made of carbon fiber composite material. The fuel cell in the engine compartment has a power of 125 kW. Together with a fifth-generation electric motor in the rear, this gives a system output of 275kW, according to BMW. As with last year's announcements, BMW does not list the backup battery capacity or range of the iX5 Hydrogen. For the small series, the development team integrated a drive system consisting of two hydrogen tanks, a fuel cell and an electric motor into the existing BMW X5 architecture.
The small series of less than 100 vehicles will not be sold or rented, but will be tested by drivers in everyday life in Europe, the USA, Japan, South Korea and China.