Garrett Motion Inc. said it is supporting BMW Group’s commitment to developing zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with an advanced electric fuel cell compressor (FCC) developed by Garrett’s R&D team. BMW Group recently announced that it will pilot the second generation of its hydrogen fuel cell drive train in a small series of the BMW iX5 Hydrogen, boosted by Garrett’s new generation, modular fuel cell compressor for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
“For the last four years, we have been working closely with BMW Group to develop an advanced hydrogen fuel cell compressor tailored to their exact needs. This effort will culminate in an in-depth, on-road trial later this year,” said Craig Balis, Garrett Motion vice president and chief technology officer.
During the development phase, the BMW iX5 Hydrogen and its components, including the fuel cell electric compressor and its inverter, were tested against harsh temperatures, humidity, and vibration levels. Garrett said its modular, high-performance electric fuel cell compressors lean on the company’s turbo aerodynamics experience and operate above standard industry speeds, beyond 150,000 rpm.