At the recent Farruck Car Show 2019, the BMW Group brought its two new energy concept cars, BMWiHydrogenNext and BMWVisionMNEXT. Among them, BMWiHydrogenNext is a hydrogen fueled concept car that the BMW Group exhibited for the first time at the auto show.
From pure electric vehicles to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, BMW's actions in new energy vehicles often bring surprises.
The BMW Group believes that in the future, new energy drive systems will coexist for a long time, because there is no single solution that can meet the all-round travel needs of customers worldwide. As a result, BMW is developing vehicles using hydrogen as a complement to pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid models.
"We have established our next goal in electric mobility: to deliver a total of one million electric vehicles to customers worldwide by 2021. At the same time, we hope to provide our customers with all relevant powertrain technologies, including traditional internal combustion engine systems that create industry benchmarks for efficiency. , Pure electric drive systems, plug-in hybrid systems, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be launched in the future. "BMW Group Chairman Zipzer said at the Frankfurt Motor Show today that the next generation of hydrogen fuel cell power is expected to be introduced in 2022. Drive technology and small-scale mass production, as early as 2025 to provide customers with fuel cell vehicles, but largely depends on market demand and external conditions.
For electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are another supplement.
Like electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles can also achieve zero-emission mobility. At the same time, it also has similar use characteristics as traditional internal combustion engine cars: less than 4 minutes of refueling time, long driving distance, the same comfort and traction, and less affected by climatic conditions, which means that customers in the Enjoy long-distance electric driving mileage in summer and winter.
Of course, these require a corresponding hydrogen fuel supply infrastructure. This supply infrastructure is still in its early stages of development in most countries.
In fact, BMW's new energy vehicle strategy is to use pure electric and hydrogen energy in parallel, not only limited to electric vehicles, but also closely related to the pioneer of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Toyota.
In order to accelerate the research and development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, as early as 2013, the BMW Group began to jointly develop a hydrogen fuel cell technology drive system with Toyota Motor Corporation. Since the summer of 2015, the BMW Group's R & D department has begun testing on the BMW 5 Series GT hydrogen fuel cell fleet using a hydrogen-powered drive system jointly developed with Toyota. In 2016, the two companies signed a product development cooperation agreement.
Since then, BMW and Toyota have been working on the development of future-ready fuel cell drive systems and scalable modular components for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Some industry analysts believe that although BMW has introduced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, it will still enter production in accordance with market conditions in the future. This is mainly due to the advantages of fuel cell vehicles in terms of performance and volume, but there are still great challenges to achieve commercialization.