Bosch and BMW revolutionizing hydrogen tank design for automotive
Written by Kfir Kedem – February 16, 2022
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
BMW and Bosch are working on revolutionizing the hydrogen tank along with Hexagon Purus and Testnet. Hydrogen needs to be stored in high-pressure storage tanks. The current tank designs are all cylindrical. This poses a space issue – especially when considering how many current electric cars are currently designed with structures that can perfectly fit flat battery packs.
The four companies have joined efforts to create the world’s first flat hydrogen tank. This tank would hold a pressure of 700 bar (10,153 psi). It would be the correct dimensions to integrate smoothly into the current space of battery packs. How does this benefit BMW? Well, BMW are working on the iX5 Hydrogen which will be a low volume production hydrogen electric passenger car.
Auto Trendy’s take:
Having such a solution on the market will help OEMs (that are interested in producing hydrogen cars) smoothly add hydrogen vehicles to their lineups. When shopping for a car, the option could very easily be battery or hydrogen rather than petrol or diesel. Of course, both technologies have their benefits and drivers will finally have free choice based on their specific needs.