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(from BMW Group Press
Release) BMW INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST HYDROGEN-DRIVE LUXURY
PERFORMANCE CAR – THE BMW HYDROGEN 7
Munich/Los Angeles, CA - September 12, 2006… BMW today
announced the introduction of the new BMW Hydrogen 7, the world’s
first hydrogen-drive luxury performance automobile. The car – a
vehicle that has undergone the regular Product Development Process –
will be built in a limited series in Europe and driven in the US and
other countries by selected users in 2007. It is equipped with an
internal combustion engine capable of running either on hydrogen or
on gasoline and based on the BMW 7 Series.
Hydrogen technology dramatically reduces emissions generated by
personal transport and, in particular, minimizes the emission of
CO2. Running in the hydrogen mode, the BMW Hydrogen 7 essentially
emits nothing but vapor. And, unlike fossil fuels and traditional
gasoline, hydrogen is available in virtually infinite supply. With
the BMW Hydrogen 7, the BMW Group is laying down a marker for
sustainable mobility. This car will play a pioneering role in
driving forward hydrogen technologies. BMW has gained an excellent
reputation for significantly reducing fuel consumption and CO2
emissions by using ultra efficient, yet very dynamic gasoline
engines. Together with clean performance diesel cars and the
technologically advanced hybrid systems currently under development
within the BMW EfficientDynamics project, the BMW Group has a clear
strategy for sustainable mobility with hydrogen as the ultimate
With all the comforts and amenities of a non-hydrogen BMW 7 Series,
the BMW Hydrogen 7 is powered by a 260 hp twelve-cylinder engine and
accelerates from 0–62.1 mph in 9.5 seconds. Top speed is limited
electronically to 143 mph. The BMW Hydrogen 7 also features a
dual-mode power unit – controlled at the touch of a button – that
can switch quickly and conveniently from hydrogen to conventional
The car’s dual-mode drive provides an overall cruising range of more
than 400 miles and enables the driver of a BMW Hydrogen 7 to enjoy
virtually unlimited mobility, even when far away from the nearest
hydrogen filling station. This technology is a viable solution until
the hydrogen infrastructure is fully developed.
BMW CleanEnergy: paving the way into the future.
The BMW Hydrogen 7 perfectly captures the essence of the BMW
CleanEnergy strategy. By using hydrogen produced from water and
renewable energy, such as wind, sun or hydropower, in an internal
combustion engine, the car’s emissions in hydrogen mode are
essentially nothing but vapor. And, with this emitted water vapor,
the cycle can start again and the dream of sustainable mobility
without using fossil fuel resources and without impacting the
earth’s climate can become a reality. The complete change from a
fossil fuel infrastructure to a hydrogen economy will require
decades, but with the Hydrogen 7, BMW shows that bringing hydrogen
technology to the road is indeed feasible.
BMW Hydrogen 7: Industrializing hydrogen technologies.
The BMW Hydrogen 7 has successfully completed the entire Product
Development Process (PDP) obligatory for all new BMWs. In this
process, all components of the new technology were integrated into
the overall vehicle according to the same challenging criteria
applied to “regular” production vehicles. The BMW Hydrogen 7 is not
a hand made concept car, but rather, a milestone in industrializing
hydrogen technologies for automotive use.
The knowledge gained in the PDP has not only made a decisive
contribution to the everyday driving qualities of the BMW Hydrogen
7, but it will also significantly impact the development and
production of future hydrogen vehicle concepts, with the principle
of dual-mode drive and the features of other components now going
through the strict test of everyday driving practice.
Dual-mode combustion engine for enhanced flexibility.
While cruising range is a significant consideration to consumers in
any car, BMW recognizes that it is of critical importance in a
hydrogen-powered vehicle, because there is not yet a full network of
hydrogen filling stations in the United States.
For precisely this reason, the BMW Hydrogen 7 features dual-mode
drive technology and a combustion engine capable of running on both
hydrogen and gasoline. The cruising range in the hydrogen mode is
more than 125 miles, with another 300 miles in the gasoline mode.
Thus, the driver of a BMW Hydrogen 7 is able to use the vehicle
without problem even when the nearest hydrogen filling station is
The BMW Hydrogen 7 clearly proves that liquid hydrogen may by all
means be used as a source of energy for the production car. By
introducing the BMW Hydrogen 7, the BMW Group establishes powerful
momentum for the ongoing development of a supply infrastructure
serving above all to set up additional hydrogen filling stations
providing sustained mobility on a broad basis also in the future.
Two tanks: Smooth transitions and maximum cruise range.
To offer the longest conceivable cruising range, the BMW Hydrogen 7
comes with both a conventional 74-litre (16.3 Imp gal) gasoline tank
and an additional fuel tank taking up approximately 8 kilos or 17.6
lb of liquid hydrogen. Stored in a high tech tank, liquid hydrogen
offers significant advantages in energy density enhancing the
cruising range of the hydrogen car.
The driver is able to switch from hydrogen to gasoline mode manually
by pressing a button on the multifunction steering wheel. Because
engine power and torque remain exactly the same regardless of the
mode of operation, switching from one mode to another has no effect
on the driving behavior and performance of the BMW Hydrogen 7.
The control system in BMW Hydrogen 7 gives priority to the use of
hydrogen. And, should one of the two types of fuel be fully
consumed, the system will automatically switch over to the other
type of fuel in the interest of secure, ongoing supply.
Luxury class comfort for four.
The BMW Hydrogen 7 is a four-seater with the two passengers at the
rear enjoying the same high standard of comfort as in one of BMW’s
“regular” luxury performance vehicles.
The BMW Hydrogen 7 comes with an unusually wide range of standard
features. In addition to the high level of equipment featured from
the start in the BMW 760i, the BMW Hydrogen 7 comes inter alia with
climate comfort composite glazing, BMW’s high-end automatic air
conditioning, auxiliary heating, electric seat heating for the
driver, front passenger and rear seats, lumbar supports, electric
seat adjustment with memory function on the front seats, ISOFIX
child seat fastenings, Park Distance Control, a rain sensor,
exterior and interior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle, Soft Close
Automatic for the doors and a headlight assistant. A complete
entertainment and communication package adds to the comfort a BMW 7
Series can provide.
Progress without compromises.
BMW Hydrogen 7 emphatically proves that changing over to an
alternative form of energy doesn’t mean missing out on superior
driving dynamics and comfort. The departure from fossil fuel does
not in any way mean giving up the dynamics and performance typical
of a BMW. Mobility of tomorrow and driving pleasure of today are
compatible, with the drive concept of BMW Hydrogen 7 being directly
transferable to future models. Driving a car of this caliber will be
just as thrilling in the future as it is today, but at the same time
cleaner than ever before.
BMW Group: “Sustainability. It can be done.”
Sustainable action and corporate success belong together. With this
clear commitment, the BMW Group has integrated sustainability as
part of its corporate strategy for many years and takes
responsibility for its products throughout their entire life cycle –
from production to end-of-life recycling. The BMW CleanEnergy
strategy aims to create a sustainable future for individual mobility
independent of fossil fuels. With BMW EfficientDynamics, the company
enhances fuel economy with every new product while still offering
the customer the best in class performance.
With recycling-optimized product design and life cycle assessment,
BMW is helping to reduce the impact on the environment. The use of
benchmark technologies in its clean production program significantly
reduces the consumption of water and energy during the production
process. There are many examples of the advantages of adhering to
BMW’s mantra, “Sustainability. It can be done.” The benefits are
enjoyed by not only the company and its associates, but also the
environment and, most importantly, the customer. To learn more about
BMW Group and sustainability, please visit