BMW Hydrogen 7 (E66) a prototype of A conventional engine fueled with hydrogen (2007)
The range of models that work with hydrogen fuel cell is very limited at present, and in fact, only offered in brands generalists. Hyundai, Toyota and Honda are the only that have come to market cars with this technology, one way or another.
One of the disadvantages more fat of this technology is its high cost, especially for components necessary for the fuel cells, not to mention the low availability of hydrogen and cost nothing competitive. Hardly you will get so that they models commercially viable.
right Now, probably Toyota is the manufacturer best positioned to “popularize” the hydrogen fuel cell. Your partner, BMW, and left the hydrogen in internal combustion engines, and collaborates with Toyota to incorporate those advances in some model of the high range. In addition, Lexus will also feature at least one model of fuel cell stack.
Lexus LF-LC Concept, a novelty in the Lounge of Tokyo 2015
by 2020, BMW will have on the street your car, but for the Lexus LS hydrogen there are no certain dates. The Toyota Mirai is already on the street, but is manufactured in a very limited manner, so much so that the waiting lists for a unit of years in some markets. It is imperative to increase the pace of production.
The high-end customers pay gladly more money for new technology, or that no one else has. Lexus is a good example of this, the hybrid versions are not acquired precisely why to repay its lower expense of gasoline, but because of the differential character they have.
Tesla uses a similar approach, are not cars to save money, have other values
If there is a network of refuelling decent hydrogen and there is a clientele with high purchasing power, they can sell cars fuel cell stack. The money you spend helps to fund the development of the technology and facilitates its lowering in the future.
After, the general public will access these cars at much more reasonable prices.
BMW is already doing tests with the fuel cell stack of Toyota in the BMW i8 and 5-Series GT modified
For manufacturers the hydrogen and its advantages are very interesting, because it exceeds any regulations anti-pollution existing or in draft, since the emissions are only water vapor: zero grams of CO2, NOx, PM… for legal purposes, are electric cars, and do not have local emissions, the water does not count.
Toyota and BMW began in 2013 their collaboration on the subject of hydrogen fuel cell
in 2015 has been the year in which the first models sold to end customers have walked on the roads, although there are prototypes and limited series kicking around a long time. The coming decade will be the beginning of the reign of the hydrogen, but there is still to see one is something usual.
Other manufacturers to continue the development of its fuel cells, such as Daimler or General Motors. Are you spending a lot of money in a technology that has no commercial viability immediate, at least on a large scale, but some site had begun. In parallel, the network of refuelling is taking shape, in the same measure that proliferate charging points for electric cars.