Enjoy the ride with clean energy.
The BMW Hydrogen 7 was the worldâ€™s first hydrogen-drive luxury sedan for everyday use. The vehicle was developed under serial-production conditions and has proven the suitability of the concept using a bivalent internal combustion engine drive in daily use. The engine, chassis and body of the BMW Hydrogen 7 are based on the latest generation of the BMW 760Li sedan. The BMW Hydrogen 7â€™s twelve-cylinder engine has an output of 1919kW / 260 hp. Its top speed is electronically limited to 230 kmh. The BMW Hydrogen 7 can run on both hydrogen and petrol, and therefore has a bivalent engine concept. With a full tank of 8kg of cryogenic liquid hydrogen, it has a range of about 200 kilometres. With a full tank (74 litres) of petrol the Hydrogen 7â€™s range is extended by another 500 kilometres. As the building of a successor fleet based on the technology tested to date is not expected to yield any major new findings, research and development is currently focusing on further developing the core components of hydrogen technology (drive solutions with an internal combustion or fuel-cell engine, hydrogen storage) with regard to cost, durability and size.
BMW has done research on hydrogen engines since the 1980s.
In the early 1980's, the BMW group was already researching the possibility of engines and vehicles powered by liquid hydrogen. The construction and testing of various prototypes culminated in the year 2000 with a decisive advancement, when BMW unveiled, in Berlin, the world's first short-run production hydrogen-powered vehicle: the 750hL. Fifteen of these vehicles were subsequently placed in public service as shuttles at the â€žExpo 2000â€ť World Exposition in Hanover.
BMW achieved a quantum leap forward in the advancement of hydrogen technology in 2004 with the record-setting vehicle BMW H2R. The prototype set nine of the FIA (FĂ©dĂ©ration Internationale de l'Automobile) certified international records for hydrogen-powered vehicles with combustion engines. These successes were attained after just ten months of development, as the design engineers were able to use hydrogen components from during the BMW Hydrogen 7 development process.
The campaign for hydrogen.
The BMW Group is a founding member of the "Verkehrswirtschaftliche Energiestrategieâ€ś (Energy Strategy for the Transport Economy â€“ VES), which was launched in 1998, supported by the German federal government. Using a large-scale scientific study of the properties and potential of various alternative fuels, the VES came to the conclusion that using hydrogen as an energy carrier is one of the most sustainable long-term solutions for environmentally friendly car usage. To promote the actual use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel, the BMW Group has been involved in the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) since it was founded in 2002. The aim of this commitment is to further develop the technology necessary to use hydrogen as an energy store.