BMW To Innovate Hydrogen-Powered Cars Doubling Their Range
|   Thursday, November 05, 2015
BMW representatives said they would launch a sedan powered by hydrogen by 2020. It will use advanced technology to compress the gas, which will double the range from the currently available technology.

BMW is preparing a revolution in electric cars powered by hydrogen. The German manufacturer has already presented several prototypes that operate with fuel cells powered by hydrogen, but officials from the Munich brand announced work on a technology that promises to double the range of hydrogen cars.
According to Reuters, the technology was developed separately from the partnership with Toyota, under which the two producers also cooperate in the field of electric cars powered by hydrogen .

BMW officials have discussed within the Tokyo Motor Show with representatives of Reuters, and they said they still need several years of perfecting this technology to the expected level for production.

In the interview granted by Metro Jung, head of fuel cell development at BMW at the Tokyo Motor Show, he said the car which will use their new technology will be most likely a large sedan. The first prototype of a BMW fuel cell, which means an electric vehicle which obtains its energy for operation from hydrogen and emits only water will have a coupe bodywork with features reminiscent of the i8, but the purpose of that vehicle was powertrain testing. The second BMW prototype in this direction was based on the 5 Series GT.

This body variant was chosen because of extra interior space offered, and that can easily accommodate the propulsion system based on hydrogen.
Despite collaboration between BMW and Toyota in the field of electric cars powered by hydrogen, BMW officials said they will not pursue a collaboration between the two brands for production of this gas-powered cars. The decision is related to the fact that the technology of the two companies may be common, but cars that are produced by the two brands are designed for different markets and customers, and their characters are incompatible, even when talking about ecological models fed with hydrogen.

"As we have two different opinions as companies when it comes to products on the market, we probably won't have the same car on the market. At a certain point there needs to be a difference between Toyota and BMW, and where things need to be separate, but until that point, anything is possible" said Merten Jung.

BMW utilizes a 700 bar CGH2 storage system or a 350 bar BMW-patented cryogenic pressure storage vessel. The cryo tank allows BMW to store the gaseous hydrogen at low temperatures at about 350 bar pressure, yielding a range of 500 km (310 miles), thus giving a smaller tank a comparable range to a gasoline powered vehicle.

Toyota Mirai is the first large series car powered by hydrogen, and is publicly available in several major markets in the world and has a range of 500 kilometers.
The US, China, Germany, South Korea and Japan among others are accelerating the growth of their hydrogen fuel cell infrastructures. Japan especially is investing in infrastructure as it prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games, where the aim is to emphasize the evolution of hydrogen fuel cells. Right now, Germany has 50 hydrogen refueling stations and by 2023 they aim to have at least 400.
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