BMW reckons its the world's first car maker to present a
proof-of-concept hydrogen-drive car that has successfully completed the
process of series development.
The BMW Hydrogen 7 Saloon is powered by a 260hp
twelve-cylinder engine and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 9.5
seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 143 mph. The lack of
hydrogen refuelling stations, not just in the UK but in the world mean a dual-mode power unit
is a must. In the BMW Hydrogen 7 this switches over quickly and conveniently to
conventional premium petrol.
Offering the world this highly practical solution, BMW is not only
demonstrating its leadership in technology in the area of
future-oriented drive systems. Rather, the integration of hydrogen drive
in an existing vehicle concept which has already proven its merits in
the market paves the way for an alternative to conventional drive
concepts fully accepted in the market and with all the assets the
customer is looking for in practice.
Munich sees the Hydrogen 7 as "a milestone en route to an era of
mobility independent of fossil fuels", and reckons that it proves that
liquid hydrogen can be used as a source of energy for the production
BMW hopes that the car will add momentum for the development of a
supply infrastructure with hydrogen filling stations.