We should see hydrogen-powered BMW models by the next decade.
You may have heard that BMW and Toyota have partnered to create a sports car. The BMW car will be a Z4 replacement, and the Toyota car will be a Supra successor. What you may not know if that this joint partnership was also formed to create hydrogen fuel-cell cars. BMW has shown off a hydrogen concept version of the i8, and now we have more details about when hydrogen cars from BMW could be on the road. BMW Blog reports that Klaus Frohlich, Member of the Board of Management at BMW, has provided more details on hydrogen cars.
Speaking at the 26th Aachen Colloquium Automobile and Engine Technology, Frohlich said that “BMW will enter the fuel cell market early in the next decade, starting with very small production runs." “However, until 2025 at least costs will remain too high and the hydrogen infrastructure too sparse to allow broad-based market penetration. By the time the fundamentals are in place, the BMW Group will also have marketable products ready that are attractive to customers.” There are still a few kinks that need to be worked out with hydrogen distribution to make it more viable. For example, there are far less hydrogen filling stations than traditional gas stations.
Once the infrastructure is established, hydrogen has the potential to outshine traditional EV cars, which take a long time to charge. Hydrogen cars, like traditional gas-engine cars, can be filled up in minutes. BMW's R&D boss says that we can expect to see hydrogen BMWs on the road within the decade.