BMW: a surprise guest of the IPCEI Hy2Move

BMW Hy2Move guest IPCEI
BMW: a surprise guest of the IPCEI Hy2Move

The 4th Project of Common European Interest on hydrogen (IPCEI), Hy2Move, features BMW in three out of four categories. All the more reason to revive speculation about the eventual arrival of a production model.

Germany is one of the 7 countries involved in the IPCEI Hy2Move. And one of its leading players, namely BMW, has ticked the boxes in three categories (mobility, fuel cells and on-board hydrogen storage). In fact, the company is the only car manufacturer to be included in this new programme. The very first IPCEI, for instance, involved Daimler Truck and Hyvia, as well as suppliers such as Forvia, OPmobility (Plastic Omnium) and Symbio, as well as Bosch on the German side. The presence of Michelin in Hy2Move as a fuel cell supplier (as well as that of HDF Energy, whose products are not used in the automotive sector) is however noteworthy.

Officially, BMW is still carrying out demonstrations with its iX5 Hydrogen fleet. The brand posts about this model on its social networks on a regular basis. In mid-May, Group CEO Oliver Zipse had this to say at the BMW Annual General Meeting: “Our BMW iX5 Hydrogen is currently on a world tour, undergoing real-life testing. It is very well received, everywhere it goes. Our pilot fleet is raising awareness of hydrogen’s role in the energy transition – both for mobility and across industries.”

Although no date has been given yet, it does seem that the brand is laying the groundwork for its next move.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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