BMW is jumping on the hydrogen bandwagon with the debut of two fuel-cell powered prototypes based on two very different production models. Those cars — a modified i8 coupe and 5 Series Gran Turismo hatchback — debuted at BMW’s Innovation Days 2015 event and represent the first tangible result of the German carmaker’s ongoing collaboration with Toyota.
The 5 Series GT features a 245 horsepower electric motor adapted from the ones used in BMW’s “i” models. The hydrogen is stored in a tank built in the central tunnel between the front and rear axles.
While the 5 Series GT retains its problematic stock looks, BMW gave the i8 a dramatic makeover in its transition from plug-in hybrid to hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. The recaptured bodywork, aerodynamic wheels, and matte black paint make it look like stealth jet fighter.
BMW claims both cars can travel 300 miles on one tank of hydrogen, with refueling taking about five minutes. However, it wasn’t willing to disclose any other specifications. Both cars are also the result of BMW’s partnership with Toyota, which will launch its Mirai fuel-cell car in the U.S. later this year. While BMW got access to Toyota’s hydrogen knowledge, Toyota will be getting a new sports car out of the deal.
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