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Introducing a new Era of Mobility: BMW Hydrogen7
Source: BMW Group

BMW is the world’s first car maker to present a hydrogen-drive car which has successfully completed the process of series development in Europe: Featuring a hydrogen combustion engine, the BMW Hydrogen 7 is the result of a consistent development strategy now rendering this trendsetting concept of sustained mobility fully suitable in today’s world.
The BMW 7 Series Hydrogen 7 is powered by a 191 kW/260 hp twelve-cylinder and accelerates from 0–100 km/h in 9.5 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 230 km/h or 143 mph. Should the hydrogen supply dwindle, the dual-mode power unit featured in the BMW Hydrogen 7 switches over quickly and conveniently to conventional premium gasoline.
By offering the world this highly practical solution, BMW is demonstrating its technological leadership in the area of future-oriented drive systems. Furthermore, the integration of hydrogen drive into an existing vehicle concept, already proven with merit in the vehicle market, paves the way for an alternative to conventional drive concepts fully accepted in the market with all the assets the customer is looking for in practice.


The launch of the BMW Hydrogen 7 is a milestone en route to an era of mobility independent of fossil fuels not only for the BMW Group, but for the entire automotive industry and the energy industries.
The BMW Hydrogen 7 clearly proves that liquid hydrogen can be used as a source of energy for a production car. By the introduction of the BMW Hydrogen 7, the BMW Group establishes powerful momentum to the ongoing development of a supply infrastructure serving above all to set up additional hydrogen filling stations and providing sustained mobility on a broad basis in the future.

BMW CleanEnergy – the BMW Group’s energy strategy.
The promotion and ongoing development of hydrogen technology as the appropriate type of energy for the future is an essential part of the BMW Group’s CleanEnergy strategy. In this context, the BMW Hydrogen 7 serves as a pacemaker. It enables all development partners participating in the concept to demonstrate the practical qualities and everyday benefits of this jointly developed technology.
The BMW CleanEnergy concept seeks to provide a drive technology serving to fulfil current and future demand for individual mobility free from fossil fuels. Hydrogen technology offers the opportunity to dramatically reduce emissions generated by personal transport; particularly to minimise the emission of CO2. Running in the hydrogen mode, the BMW Hydrogen 7 basically emits nothing but vapor.
The vision of sustained mobility free of harmful emissions applies not only to the actual operation and use of the car, but also to the generation of drive energy. The BMW Group recognizes that finding alternatives to the consumption of fossil fuels limited in their availability is critical. Contrary to such conventional fuels, hydrogen meets the requirements of the future both in its generation and in its sustainability, being embedded in the regenerating cycle of nature. Recovered from biomass or with the help of energy from the sun, from wind and hydro-power, hydrogen is available in virtually an infinite supply. And if necessary it can also be generated with the help of natural gas, biogas, or other sources of primary energy.
As a result, the type of hydrogen recovery and production can be flexibly adjusted to current conditions and requirements, ensuring maximum diversification and facilitating a gradual substitution of fossil fuels in the course of time.


Momentum for developing the right supply infrastructure: the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and the cooperation with Total.
In developing the technical components required for using hydrogen, the BMW Group cooperates closely with specialized suppliers and partners in development. In addition, the BMW Group is a founding member of the Transport Energy Strategy (TES) and belongs to the Berlin Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) comprised of other car makers, energy supply companies, and public transport services.
CEP is part of Germany’s national strategy of sustainability, supported and promoted by the German Government. It was at the initiative of CEP that the first integrated hydrogen filling station was opened in Berlin, reflecting the Consortium’s objective to prove the qualities of hydrogen for everyday use in mobile applications.
To promote the use of hydrogen as a source of energy, the BMW Group has concluded an agreement with Total, the mineral oil and fuel supplier operating an integrated filling station with both conventional fuels and hydrogen in Berlin ever since 2004. In March 2006 Total opened another hydrogen filling station in the capital city of Germany – again as part of the CEP initiative.
A new integrated hydrogen filling station also run by Total is to be opened in Munich at the end of 2006, marking the premiere of BMW Hydrogen 7 near the BMW Group’s Research and Innovation Centre. Furthermore, the BMW Group and Total have agreed to open yet another integrated hydrogen filling station in another large city in Europe.
Benefiting from gained experience, the process of filling up the hydrogen tank is now quite similar to the process of filling up a conventional tank under regular conditions at a gasoline pump: As soon as the driver has manually connected the tank coupling to the fuel tank filler cap on the car, the entire process of filling up the tank is fully automatic.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 November 2006 15:01  

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