May 31, 2006

BMW and TOTAL promote ongoing hydrogen development

Munich, Germany – BMW and petroleum company TOTAL have agreed to cooperate closely in future in promoting hydrogen as a source of automobile energy. The companies have signed an agreement specifying that TOTAL will set up and operate three hydrogen filling stations in Europe by the end of 2007, supporting the introduction of BMW hydrogen cars into the marketplace.

The companies already cooperate in Berlin in practical testing; acting in the Clean Energy Partnership Berlin Initiative supported by the German government, TOTAL opened a public filling station in March, 2006 offering conventional fuel and hydrogen. The station replaces the pilot test station the company had been operating in Berlin since 2002. By the end of 2006, TOTAL will open another public station with hydrogen pumps in Munich, near BMW’s Research and Innovation Centre. The decision on a third European location will be made in the next few weeks.

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