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BMW to test new iX5 Hydrogen model in the Middle East

From spring 2023, the small-series hydrogen-powered vehicle will be a technology demonstrator enabling locally carbon-free mobility in the region

BMW to test new iX5 Hydrogen model in the Middle East
[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East; Photo Courtesy BMW Group]

The BMW Group has started production of its BMW iX5 Hydrogen model, a small-series hydrogen-powered vehicle, at its Munich Research and Innovation Centre. 

The first-ever Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) featuring hydrogen fuel cell technology has already completed an intensive testing program under demanding conditions during the development phase. It will now be a technology demonstrator for locally carbon-free mobility in selected regions from spring 2023, including the Middle East.

In the Middle East, clean energy is a strategic priority, with many countries aiming to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. As part of its push into new energy sources, the region is also seeking to capture the global hydrogen market.

“Hydrogen is a versatile energy source that has a key role to play as we progress towards climate neutrality,” said Frank Weber, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for development.

BMW’s hydrogen fuel cell technology is desirable for the battery electric motor system. This is particularly true for clients who demand short refueling intervals and long ranges, as well as for geographical areas like the Middle East, where the development of suitable charging infrastructure occurs at a different rate.

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