BMW has started production of its hydrogen-powered iX5

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen is the first-ever Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) featuring hydrogen fuel cell technology.

by | Published on 2nd Dec 2022

You may recall the BMW iX5 Hydrogen concept car that was unveiled at the International Motor Show Germany last year.

Well, BMW has just announced that it’s started production of the small-series hydrogen-powered vehicle.

The BMW iX5 Hydrogen is the first ever Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) featuring hydrogen fuel cell technology.

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But before it could start being manufactured, it had to go through an intensive testing program under demanding conditions.

It flew through that stringent testing with flying colors and is now being built in BMW‘s pilot plant at its Research and Innovation Centre in Munich.


It’s BMW’s Spartanburg plant in the USA which is supplying the base vehicles for the hydrogen model, though.

The iX5 Hydrogen has been developed on the platform of the BMW X5.

However, it has been fitted with a new floor assembly, making it possible to accommodate the two hydrogen tanks in the center tunnel and under the rear seat unit. 

The model-specific 12V and 400V electrical systems, high-perfmance battery, electric motor, and fuel cell are all integrated during the assembly stage.

Positioned in the rear axle area together with the high-performance battery, the electric motor is a product of the current, fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology.

This is the technology also employed in battery electric and plug-in hybrid models from BMW.

BMW has been manufacturing the fuel cell systems, which are located under the bonnet of the BMW iX5 Hydrogen, since August this year.

Is hydrogen the future for BMW?

BMW openly admits that its iX5 Hydrogen test fleet will “allow us to gain new and valuable insights” and will enable them to “present customers with an attractive product range once the hydrogen economy becomes a reality.

In other words, don’t expect to swing by your local BMW dealer to pick up a hydrogen-powered vehicle anytime soon.



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Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with motor manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.

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