BMW i3 might get fuel cell version image

The current BMW i3 might be gaining a fuel cell version as the model in question will be using the hydrogen system from the 2015 Toyota FCV.

The BMW and Toyota joint venture for developing a new sports car will be taking another step forward and the German based automaker will be “borrowing” the hydrogen fuel cell system from the 2015 FCV in order to use it on the i3. The announcement hasn’t been made official, but according to the guys from Motoring, the system will be offered on the i3 in 2015. No performance details have been announced but the FCV can reach 100 km/h from a standstill in 10 seconds and it has a range of 482 km (300 miles).

As a quick reminder, the current BMW i3 is the first model to enter the new “i” brand and it has been in production since 2013, being assembled in Leipzig, Germany. This has a 5-door hatchback body style, along with a rear engine and rear-wheel drive layout, taking its power from a 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque electric motor, connected to a single-speed transmission powering the rear wheels, which can be backed up by a range extender 650cc two-cylinder petrol burner, with an extra 34 HP.