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BMW plans limited series hydrogen fuel cell SUV in 2022

Stock MarketsMay 12, 2021 07:16AM ET
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By Nick Carey

LONDON (Reuters) - German carmaker BMW plans to unveil a limited series hydrogen fuel cell model SUV in 2022 as the company continues to research zero-emission alternatives to battery-electric cars, the company's top executive said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the carmaker's annual shareholder meeting, Chief Executive Officer Oliver Zipse said the company plans a small production run of a hydrogen fuel-cell powered x5 SUV next year.

Most of the auto industry is focusing its efforts on developing battery-electric cars to meet tightening emission standards in Europe and China.

But BMW is one of a small number of carmakers that currently sees possibilities for the mass adoption of hydrogen fuel cells, which emit only water, and has said it is keeping its options open for the future.

As well as offering the prospect of harmless emissions, hydrogen fuel cells also provide greater range than battery-electric cars, but there is very little fuelling infrastructure currently in place to support mass adoption of the technology.

Last December Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) Corp unveiled its revamped Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car, in a fresh push to promote the zero-emission technology amid rapidly growing demand for electric vehicles.

BMW has forged an alliance with Toyota centred on developing fuel cells.

Japan's Honda Motor Co and South Korea's Hyundai Motor have developed fuel-cell models.

Earlier this year Jaguar Land Rover said it was investing in developing hydrogen fuel cells in anticipation of a future shift to hydrogen to power vehicles.

JLR, owned by India's Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM), will have prototypes using hydrogen fuel cells on Britain's roads within the next year, it said, as part of a long-range investment plan.

BMW plans limited series hydrogen fuel cell SUV in 2022
 

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Alan Rice
Alan Rice May 12, 2021 12:19PM ET
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BMW: Brings Motorists Woe.
Gene Kret
Gene Kret May 12, 2021 8:01AM ET
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Garbage... very volatile fuel... remember the Hindenburg?
Hagam Kachish
Hagam Kachish May 12, 2021 8:01AM ET
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How stupid can you be to compare technology from the 1930's to the 2020's? Even more so to think modern engineers at BMV never considered the risks of hydrogen and would send out highly explosive vehicles into the world? It would likely be stored as a precursor and delivered as needed rather or a dozen other simple ideas rather than attached as a bomb to the side of a vehicle.
 
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