BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research Vehicle unveiled

BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research Vehicle, a project whose development was mostly completed in 2012, has been kept secret till now. Based on the same carbon fibre architecture of the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, the research vehicle has a meaner design which would feel right at home in a sci-fi movie.

BMW i8 Hydrogen fuel cell research vehicle (1) front three quarter
BMW would be using i8 Hydrogen FCV for research purposes.

The green sportscar gets sleeker kidney grille, narrow headlamps and fin like front and rear fenders. The rear fascia gets razor sharp edges and multi-layered aerodynamic rear bumper.

The 1.5-litre petrol engine has been replaced by a fuel stack. Hydrogen is stored cryogenically in a cylindrical tank that is located on the centre line of the car’s platform. Oxygen required for the process is extracted from cooled air.

BMW i8 Hydrogen fuel cell research vehicle (5) rear in motion
The car gets a cryogenic hydrogen fuel tank and a 242 bhp rear-mounted electric motor.

The fuel stack powers the rear-mounted electric motor which has a rated power output of 242 bhp. It’s to be noted that BMW and Toyota have signed up for a technology partnership involving hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology. The stalwarts would be continuing to improve the technology to make it a viable transport solution.

BMW has not talked about production prospects of its i8 Hydrogen FCV. The brand is using the research vehicle to gain expertise and valuable data.


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