BMW Begins Road Tests for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars
June 21, 2021—BMW announced Wednesday it has started road tests for vehicles that use a hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain.
The German-based manufacturer is putting prototypes of the BMW i Hydrogen Next model through tests designed to measure reliability, safety and efficiency "in everyday conditions on European roads," per a report from CNBC. The company hopes hydrogen fuel cell technology could become a viable supplement to EVs, hybrids and combustion engines, especially for customers without immediate access to EV charging equipment or those who drive long distances.
BMW is one of several automakers currently testing the feasibility of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover announced earlier this month it's working on a hydrogen-powered version of its Defender SUV.
BMW says the hydrogen tank can be filled in under five minutes and has "a range of several hundred kilometers in all weather conditions." The company is hopeful the tests will lead to the production of a small-series model sometime next year.