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  • Sheryll Mericido

BMW iX5 Hydrogen vehicles enter Middle East, showcasing sustainable transportation

Five BMW iX5 Hydrogen vehicles will arrive in the Middle East to demonstrate the business's commitment to the personalized and sustainable transportation of the future. The company now employs about 100 people worldwide. The pilot fleet will show the dependability and acceptability of alternative CO2-free drive systems for everyday use, given the necessity of a planned energy transition.

"Hydrogen is a flexible energy source that is essential to the energy transition process and, consequently, to preserving the climate. Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, stated that it is, after all, one of the most effective methods for storing and delivering renewable energies. " We ought to take advantage of this potential to quicken the transition of the transportation industry. When it comes to emission-free mobility, hydrogen is the missing piece. It will need more than one technology to provide global climate-neutral mobility.

Hydrogen has great potential to support electromobility as one of the best solutions for storing and moving renewable energy. It will be crucial as a fuel in the Middle East and help the world reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

According to Dr. Hamid Haqparwar, Managing Director of BMW Group Middle East, "BMW's commitment to hydrogen aligns with our ambition to become the world's most sustainable premium car manufacturer and provider of individual mobility solutions. "Our pilot fleet is scheduled for hot weather testing in the Middle East, an important prerequisite for the vehicle development process," the statement reads. "Our pilot fleet will complement the region's energy initiatives ahead of COP28."

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen

The 2019 IAA show saw the concept version of the BMW iX5 Hydrogen, which is based on the current BMW X5. The centerpiece of the system, which produces a high continuous output of 125 kW/170 hp, is a very effective next-generation fuel-cell technology. The powertrain transmits a maximum output of 295 kW (401 hp) onto the road in conjunction with a highly integrated drive unit employing fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology.


Hydrogen Allows Rapid Refuelling

Two carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) 700-bar tanks are used to store the hydrogen that the fuel cell needs. Together, they can contain about six kilograms of hydrogen, which will give the BMW iX5 Hydrogen a WLTP cycle range of 504 kilometers (313 miles). The hydrogen tanks can be filled in only three to four minutes, allowing the BMW iX5 Hydrogen to deliver the same legendary driving pleasure over extended distances with only a few quick stops along the way. This demonstrates why it's an advantage to have in places where there won't be enough EV charging stations.



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