With the Germans looking to enter the race, the hydrogen market is starting to heat up.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are still very much in their infancy, but companies like Hyundai and Toyota have already started moving towards offering models to the general public, starting in the near future. But apparently BMW has been feeling uncomfortable about the idea of being left behind, and BMW’s chairman, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, recently stated that his company was working on the hydrogen fuel cell technology as a way of offering a more all-encompassing eco-friendly lineup.
As he put it, they were “looking into solutions such as fuel cell-powered electric motors” with the goal of “short refuelling times and enable long distance travel with zero emissions”. He went on to say that “Our development work on future drive systems is guided by a clear maxim: intelligent spectrum. The same is true of our path towards zero emissions mobility: For urban areas, we have the electric BMW i3. For slightly longer distances we have our plug-in hybrids – such as the BMW i8. And for long distances we are looking into solutions such as fuel-cell-powered electric motors.”