The BMW Group is beginning to test near-standard vehicles with a hydrogen fuel cell drive train in everyday conditions on European roads. Prototypes of the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT will examine how effectively the CO2-free drive train, model-specific chassis technology and vehicle electronics systems work together under real-life conditions. The BMW i Hydrogen NEXT is a pure electric vehicle that uses hydrogen as fuel by converting it into electricity in a fuel cell. The recently launched testing programme will pave the way for the BMW Group to present a small-series model with this sustainable drive technology, developed on the basis of the BMW X5, in late 2022. Extensive field testing of these vehicles will provide practical experience in the use of this sustainable drive technology. Hydrogen fuel cell technology has the long-term potential to supplement internal combustion engines, plug-in hybrid systems and battery-electric vehicles within the BMW Group’s flexible drive train strategy. It could become an attractive alternative to battery-electric drive trains – especially for customers who do not have their own access to electric charging infrastructure or who frequently drive long distances.
First BMW iX3 rolls off the production line at BMW Brilliance Automotive in Shenyang, China
"The first all-electric BMW iX3 has rolled off the production line at the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture in Shenyang, China. Already on September 29, 2020, the workforce of BBA's Dadong plant in Shenyang celebrated the successful start of production. In addition to intelligent manufacturing and state-of-the-art technologies, BBA's production site in Shenyang also stands for its comprehensive quality management system. A special "zero defect concept" ensures that the globally high market requirements for electric mobility are met. To ensure the vehicle safety of the BMW iX3, BBA conducts thorough tests from the battery to the finished vehicle. 128 mechanical tests and 994 software function checks ensure high quality of the high-voltage battery over its entire life cycle. In 140 functional tests, the vehicle is put through its paces under acceleration, in special road conditions and on rocky roads. This makes the BMW iX3 suitable for all road conditions and meets the highest requirements in a wide range of driving conditions."
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