BMW has quietly announced and retracted plans to introduce a hydrogen fuel cell prototype at the North American International Auto Show.

BMW has quietly announced and retracted plans to introduce a hydrogen fuel cell prototype at the North American International Auto Show.

The automaker declined to give a reason but the announcement has been scrubbed from both their American and global press sites. However, an older copy of the press release said the company was going to unveil a hydrogen fuel cell prototype which could eventually be installed in a future Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV).

The company was coy on specifics but said they the powertrain is one of the "first fruits of the company’s cooperation with Toyota." They also went on to say their hydrogen fuel cell is based on Toyota's system but has been adapted to meet the specific requirements of BMW.

BMW also confirmed they are "replicating its approach with its series-produced BMW i3 and BMW i8 models by focusing on a specific vehicle architecture for a future Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle." The company declined to say which architecture they are talking about but previous reports have suggested the company is working on an i5 that will use technology derived from the Toyota Mirai FCV.

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