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The hydrogen-powered BMW X5 is all set to debut in 2022. This move from BMW to use hydrogen fuel cells is considered as a better alternative to the conventional battery-powered cars. It could also be a stepping stone to theage of Pure EVs.
Unlike conventional electric cars, hydrogen fuel cell cars produce their own electricity. The electricity is produced through a chemical reaction taking place between the hydrogen and oxygen inside the fuel cells. The resulting by-product of the reaction other than electricity is pure water.
Instead of using big batteries under the floor to store energy, BMW uses a pair of tanks to hold up to 6-kgs of hydrogen and these tanks can withstand 700-bar pressure to keep the gas in. This not only ensures that the source of energy is clean but it also reduces the recharge/refuelling time compared to a conventional battery-powered car.
However, a battery is still used in the system. One of the reasons for this setup is that BMW's new fuel cell system can generate only up to 170bhp of power. By using a battery pack though, BMW can use a 374bhp electric motor for propulsion. This complicated system also enables the engineers at BMW to use brake regeneration technology to recover the energy lost during braking.
Initially, BMW's hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be piloted as a small series based on the BMW X5, but the customer offering will only come by the second half of 2022.
Thoughts On Hydrogen-Powered BMW X5 Being Launched In 2022
It is definitely one of the best alternatives to fossil fuels and unlike conventional battery-powered vehicles, the time taken to refuel is similar to the refuelling of conventional cars. The other benefits of using hydrogen-powered cars are that the by-product is pure water and the technology even allows you to power your home.