BMW and General Motors may enter an agreement to co-develop new fuel-cell powertrains. According to Reuters, the two companies are “close” to signing an agreement to cooperate on fuel cell development.
If BMW and GM do work together to develop a hydrogen-fueled vehicle, it won’t be the first time the two automakers have joined forces. A prior joint venture between the two companies (as well as Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz) bore a range of two-mode hybrid vehicles, including the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid and several hybrid GM trucks — the Chevrolet Silverado and Tahoe, GMC Sierra and Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.
A BMW spokesman in the U.S. said he could confirm that the company is in talks with GM on development of future technologies, but couldn’t add any more detail. BMW previously demonstrated a hydrogen-powered 7 Series, although the Hydrogen7 used a traditional internal-combustion engine instead of an actual fuel cell stack. GM has been developing fuel-cell vehicles for some time, including running a fleet of hydrogen-powered Equinox crossovers across the country. A GM spokesman confirmed that the company was in talks with BMW on technology development, but couldn’t add any more.