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Friday, 30 October 2015 11:15

BMW plans fuel-cell sedan after 2020

BMW said to Automotive News that it’s planning a fuel-cell vehicle – likely a larger-sized sedan – to go on sale after 2020. As reported earlier this year, the car is co-developed with Toyota, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the BMW blog.

Under its partnership with Toyota, BMW is developing a way to compress hydrogen at ultra-low temperatures to increase its storage volume, using as a base a fuel cell stack developed by Japan’s largest automaker.

While the Toyota Mirai can travel around 435 miles (700 kilometers) on a single hydrogen fueling, BMW said it was developing a vehicle which would travel further, using compressed hydrogen. “It will be sometime after 2020,” Merten Jung, head of fuel cell development at BMW, told Reuters in an interview at the Tokyo Motor Show.

He added: “We don’t have a model yet, but … as the character of our technology favors larger cars, our model will probably be something like a long distance car, a larger sedan.”

BMW’s hydrogen car will likely be bigger than Toyota’s mid-sized Mirai, and the five-seat Clarity Fuel Cell launched by Honda.

Jung at BMW said it was unlikely that BMW and Toyota would produce a fuel cell car together, as the two companies target different segments and customers.

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