BMW is conducting the test drives of the hydrogen fuel cell prototype model BMW i Hydrogen NEXT, which stands out with its environmentally friendly structure, on European roads. Hydrogen fuel cell technology has a long future potential to support internal combustion engines, plug-in hybrid systems and battery-based electric vehicles developed as part of the BMW Group’s flexible drivetrain strategy. The most prominent and strong aspects of this technology are that it is an attractive alternative especially for consumers who do not have an electric charging infrastructure and who frequently use their vehicles for long distance driving. Incorporating the functionality of a conventional internal combustion engine, the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT offers its users a high range in parallel with the volume of the fuel tank, without being affected by weather conditions. In addition, hydrogen fuel filling can be carried out quickly in 3-4 minutes.
It Will Produce 374 Horsepower
The system used in the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT works on the principle that the hydrogen carried in the fuel tank of the vehicle and the oxygen in the air enter into a chemical reaction and release the needed energy. This released energy can be directed in two directions, either for charging the batteries or for the movement of the car. This system can also work in harmony with the eDrive technology used in the fully electric BMW iX3 and i4 models. Thus, thanks to the hydrogen reaction, a power of 170 hp emerges, while the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT can produce a total of 374 hp with the support of the electric motors on the front and rear axles. An electric current converter located just below the fuel cell module can adjust the voltage of the energy generated from the reaction to the voltage of the electric motor that powers the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT. The energy stored in the battery is produced efficiently by providing the energy generated during acceleration and braking during the ride.