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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Together with Toyota, BMW introduced an eco-friendly 'stealth' car prototype

BMW has introduced a concept car that runs with hydrogen fuel, and looks like the Batmobile.

Modification of the i8 coupé was developed by BMW in cooperation with Toyota.

The BMW's prototype car can travel 300 miles on one tank of hydrogen, with refueling this which takes about five minutes. And this prototype made for demonstration purposes only.
BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel-cell prototypes. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1KJrYYk)
BMW revealed the overhaul of their i8 in the Innovation Days 2015 event, as reported by Daily Mail on July 3, 2015. This car has been dramatic makeover in its transition from a plug-in hybrid into a fuel-cell vehicle.
Left side view of BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel-cell prototypes. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1KJrYYk)
The recaptured bodywork, aerodynamic wheels, and matte black paint make it look like stealth jet fighter or the Batmobile. The hydrogen is stored in a tank built in the central tunnel between the front and rear axles.
Rear side view of BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel-cell prototypes. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1KJrYYk)
This two-door coupé relies on carbon fiber construction to keep weight remains light and also features an aerodynamic package that was developed at BMW's wind tunnel in Munich. However, it wasn’t willing to disclose any other specifications. 

BMW has no firm timeline for a production fuel-cell car, although it hopes to continue working with Toyota toward the goal of having powertrain components ready by 2020.

It believes fuel cells could make 'an ideal addition' to both its “i” sub-brand and mainstream model line. There have been rumors that the next “i” model will feature a fuel-cell powertrain, but the company has offered no evidence that is the case so far. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILY MAIL | DIGITAL TRENDS]
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