British media is reporting BMW will launch an i5 fuel cell vehicle with technology derived from Toyota's upcoming Mirai.

British media is reporting BMW will launch an i5 fuel cell vehicle with technology derived from Toyota's upcoming Mirai.

At the beginning of last year, BMW and Toyota formed a technological partnership which among others referred to a fuel cell system ready by the year 2020. It now seems Toyota's forthcoming Mirai will serve as foundation for a BMW i5 fuel cell vehicle which would join the Bavarian's alternatively-powered "i" range of models offered now with either a plug-in hybrid system or a pure electric setup.

Technical details about the BMW i5 are not available at this point, but we remind you Toyota has already said its fuel cell vehicle will have a range of around 300 miles (482 km) and will hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in approximately 10 seconds. Once the hydrogen is depleted, a full refill of the tank will take less than five minutes.

Toyota's fuel cell vehicle will likely be called the "Mirai" and is set to go on sale in Japan next year in April, with United States and Europe getting the car a few months later. The JDM version will cost around 7M yen while in Europe the price is estimated to kick off at €50,000 so expect the BMW i5 to cost more. This rumored BMW i5 will likely be pitted against the upcoming Mercedes-Benz B-Class Fuel Cell set to come out sometime in 2017.

Note: BMW i3 pictured.

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BMW i5 fuel cell vehicle reportedly planned using Toyota technology