BMW is currently developing an architecture called New Class that will underpin a new range of electric vehicles from 2025.Although the platform was not designed with the internal combustion engine in mind, the car blog The German company is understood to have not ruled out making it compatible with hydrogen.
“We’re trying to be able to integrate hydrogen [into the New Class platform]. Not by 2025, and probably only in large cars.we are not done yet [the project] However, it is possible,” Jürgen Guldner, managing director of the hydrogen project, told me.
Giving BMW the chance to future-proof the New Class platform from scratch – it’s much easier and cheaper to design the architecture with hydrogen in mind from the start, even if the option is never used, a few years after it’s in production It was later modified to adopt a hydrogen drivetrain. Guldner added that his team was looking for an ingenious packaging solution.
“Tank system [in the iX5] It’s pretty big, right in the middle of the car. The idea is to have smaller fuel tanks placed next to each other to take up space in EV battery packs. Smaller tanks, still cylindrical, but in greater numbers, and then we get flexible. The rest of the infrastructure is already in the car – such as the motor. We haven’t really made a decision yet, but the possibility is there,” Guldner added.
Guldner has high hopes for the technology, whether or not the hydrogen-based New Class goes into production.
“This is the most exciting project I’ve had in my 25 years at BMW, and I’ve done some cool stuff,” he laughs.