There is a rumor floating around now that BMW may have a commercial fuel cell vehicle for sale as early as 2016. In addition, BMW will have Toyota to thank for its fuel cell technology.
According to Ecomento.com, “Speaking to Craig Scott, Toyota’s National Manager Advanced Technology Vehicles, the Australia magazine learnt that BMW will almost certainly launch a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in the foreseeable future, with the i3 cited as the most likely vessel.
“’We have a joint partnership with BMW, so we know … where they’re headed,’ says Scott. It’s a technology development program where we are supposed to be jointly developing a fuel cell powertrain.
“’I’ll just say that BMW had a lot of choices – there are a lot of people who make fuel cells – and we’re very happy they chose us. They’ve never made a fuel cell before, so this is going to be a good experience, I think, for them and probably for us.’”
Originally, BMW was planning to bring a fuel cell vehicle to market by 2020, but because of competition of the other major automakers who all have FCVs lined up before then, BMW most likely decided to move their timeframe for rollout up a few years.