BMW Concept iX5 Hydrogen Protection VR6: armored vehicle that uses hydrogen as fuel
Get to know BMW's daring proposal in terms of safety and sustainability: the Concept iX5 Hydrogen Protection VR6
The road to hydrogen as a sustainable fuel is building solidly, although there is still a long way to go. There, BMW could be present with a concept that can be classified as daring and unique: The BMW Concept iX5 Hydrogen Protection VR6.
It is a conceptual model of the German firm, which presented this armored SUV powered by hydrogen, which appears as a piece worth analyzing in greater depth and detail.
Not every customer would look for such a vehicle, but BMW's idea proves and tries to encompass each and every one of them.
This model was previously presented but fitting a 4.4-liter V8 combustion engine. Now, the world-renowned manufacturer has chosen to give it a sustainable, elegant and above all safe touch.
Zero emissions through the hydrogen fuel cell, if it became a reality (nothing confirmed at the moment) would be an intrusion of electromobility in a sector where thermal mechanics predominates.
It is bulletproof (AK-47), detonations of 15 kilos of TNT and grenade explosions. All this thanks to its high-calibre steel parts, 30-millimeter-thick glass, and hermetic sealing that does not allow filtration through any hole in the body.
In addition, its relatively simple appearance would not give rise to thinking that it is an unbreakable machine. The official homologation of the X5 granted by the Association of Test Centers for Materials and Structures Resistant to Attacks (VPAM, for its acronym in English) endorses everything described above.
Finally, with regard to its mechanical details, the only thing that has been revealed by the German firm has been the combined fuel consumption: 14.4 l/100 km (WLTP), 12.8 l/100 km (NEDC); Combined CO2 emissions: 329 g/km (WLTP), 295 g/km (NEDC).