We already know that Toyota is shifting its focus from long-range battery EVs to fuel cell vehicles but it appears that things are getting more interesting. BMW will borrow Toyota’s fuel cell technology as it plans to launch a hydrogen-powered version of the i3 by 2016.
These words came from Craig Scott a.k.a. Toyota USA’s advanced vehicle boss, who also added that the Japanese company as a joint partnership with BMW, so they know where they are headed.
Still, the new i3 FCEV will have to meet the crash testing requirements and BMW needs to find a way to package the fuel cell stack. Currently, BMW offers the all-electric version of the i3 with an electric motor that generates 170 hp (125 kW) and 250 Nm of torque (184 lb-ft).
The vehicle accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds, while top speed is 93 mph or 150. The electric range of the i3 is 80-100 miles (129-160 km).
BMW offers an optional Range Extender consisting of a 650cc two-cylinder four-stroke petrol engine that develops 34 hp and increases the range to 160-186 miles (257-300 km).