BMW is implementing hydrogen fuel cell material handling equipment at its Spartanburg, South Carolina, facility. Fuel cell-powered forklifts, tuggers, and stackers will be used in the facility's new assembly hall where BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicles are produced.
"BMW has taken another important step to affirm our global commitment to sustainability with a project such as this in Spartanburg," said Josef Kerscher, president of BMW Manufacturing. "There's a clear vision and determination to reach our goal of using renewable energy as much as possible throughout the plant site."
Linde North America and Plug Power partnered with BMW to bring the technology to the facility. Hydrogen will power more than 85 pieces of equipment, making it one of the country's largest hydrogen fuel-cell fleets. BMW expects to save approximately 1.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity consumed each year.