The first BMW fuel cell vehicle will be a large sedan developed in collaboration with Toyota.
On Wednesday BMW announced it will be building a fuel cell vehicle by 2020. The fuel cell vehicle will be built by BMW in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corp. The first fuel cell BMW will be a large sized sedan.
The fuel cell vehicle will hit the market in 2020, since the hydrogen development partnership between BMW and Toyota will end by then. Currently as part of their alliance Toyota and BMW are working on hydrogen compression technology.
BMW is developing ways to compress hydrogen at ultra-low temperatures and to increase its storage volume. BMW is using the fuel cell stacks developed by Toyota as the base, according to Automotive News.
The German luxury auto maker and the Japanese automaker have been working on fuel cell technology since 2013. The collaboration started before Toyota had introduced the Mirai in 2014. The new Mirai can travel up to 435 miles with a single hydrogen fuel charge.
BMW on the other hand wants to build a vehicle with more mileage. The German automaker aims to develop a fuel cell vehicle capable of large distances. The key to long travels is compressed hydrogen, but it may take some eyars for the technology to develop.
The announcement was made by Merten Jung the head of fuel cell development at BMW. The announcement took place at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. According to Jung they don’t have a model yet but are working on a large sedan concept.
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BMW also aims to build a fuel cell car bigger than the Mirai. Jung also shared the company is sharing resources but have different visions. So a Toyota and BMW collaboration car is not in the future.