While we think it’s great BMW wants to carry the gas-powered car into a more efficient future, we’re still skeptical about the jump to hydrogen, especially in the US. BMW says it’ll only take 3-5 minutes to fill up a hydrogen X5’s fuel cells, but that’s not the problem. The problem is hydrogen infrastructure. We don’t have enough of it in the US, and many other countries could say the same.
However, BMW says that it still feels hydrogen power could be useful for long-distance vehicles in the future. We’re thinking logistics. BMW could integrate a fleet of hydrogen cars within its own corporate travel infrastructure, providing fueling pretty much anywhere with a BMW logo out front, from factories to dealers. How all this plays out for BMW remains to be seen, and next moves will likely be announced ahead of the iX5 Hydrogen debut.
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