Neither gasoline nor electricity: BMW bets on hydrogen

 Neither gasoline nor electricity: BMW bets on hydrogen Currently, the automotive industry is focusing its efforts on electrification, a situation that brings great challenges in terms of development and infrastructure. Despite this, there is still a part that needs to be exploited with greater force.

We are talking about hydrogen, a gas that is one of the most abundant in the atmosphere and whose chemical process generates water. BMW announced on August 31 the creation of X5 with operation based on this gas.

To better understand how a hydrogen car works, it's worth explaining that an electric motor is also required but, unlike an EV, here you refuel with gas. Inside the cells there is a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen that produces electricity, feeding power to the rest of the components.

In total, this BMW iX5 Hydrogen generates 374 hp which, although the autonomy is not specified, we can expect a good range given the use of high-voltage batteries and a 5th generation engine. What is a fact is the mechanical reliability after a series of tests in extreme climates, such as the cold of Sweden.

Although it sounds like an unprecedented fact, BMW already has experience researching and manufacturing prototype cars with hydrogen cells, such as the 2015 5 Series GT Hydrogen Cell. However, technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, which today it brings lighter and more efficient components that guarantee better results.