The incredible thing is how BMW has been instrumental in making sure there has been a battle against global climate change while also hoping to be carbon neutral by the year 2050. But unlike the others, the German brand is trying to promote the idea of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles as there’s a higher likelihood that they’ll each be instrumental in their roles of reaching such a rate of succession, along with the lgeacy that was left behind by battery-electric vehicles.
Of course, ahead of the charge happens to be hydrogen-powered BMW iX5 SUV, as it begins some low-volume production, as it was primarily previewed years ago by the iHydrogen Next concept that appeared via the 2019 Frankfurt auto show, while it would begin in the future, in the springtime maybe, while the small batch of iX5s, show how BMW is dedicated to building an unstoppable machine that is destined to attack the streets all over the world in select regions for testing purposes. Taking inspiration from the BMW X5, the car has been built in the company’s factory in Spartansburg, South Carolina. It’s additionally evident that the iX5 has been created at BMW’s Research and Innovation Center in Munich, Germany.
As the transformation from X5 to iX5 will involve swapping a new floor that can fit the fuel-cell system’s two hydrogen tanks have been located underneath the mid-size SUV’s central tunnel and rear seats. The tanks themselves are able to hold about 16 pounds. All while it feeds the fuel-cell stack that is found under the hood, with a rear-mounted electric motor and battery. With all this said, BMW states how the entirety of the iX5’s fuel cell electric system can create a combo of 374 horsepower. With more to talk about, the company allows the curb weight to be comparable to the plug-in-hybrid X5, which in itself can weigh about 5,627 pounds upon the scales. The BMW brand even takes claim to the fact that the iX5 accelerates from zero miles per hour to about 62 in only seven seconds.
Plus, the top speed that the iX5 can peak at is about 118 miles per hour. Let it be known that the driving range hits about 310 miles. BMW, as always, is confident in knowing that fuel-cell powertrains are going to be potent enough to give off a carbon-free alternative for customers who aren’t able to see a future otherwise with inferior Electric Vehicles. Like the ones that refuel quick and aren’t filled with the ability of fast-charging access.