March 15, 2006

BMW may introduce gasoline-hydrogen vehicle this year

Long Beach, California – BMW may make a limited number of 7 Series bi-fuel hydrogen-gasoline vehicles available to customers in Europe and possibly the U.S. this year. Christoph Huss, senior vice president of Science and Traffic Policy, BMW Group, made the remarks at a panel discussion during the National Hydrogen Association’s (NHA) Annual Hydrogen Conference and Expo in Long Beach, California.

The vehicles will use a bi-fuel 6.0-litre V12 engine fueled by gasoline and liquid hydrogen. The engine, which uses direct injection for gasoline and port injection for the hydrogen, is designed to use each fuel equally. Running on hydrogen, the engine can produce 228 hp. A monofuel hydrogen version of this engine powered the company’s record-setting H2R in 2004.

With its 170-litre liquid hydrogen tank storing about 8 kg of fuel, the car has a hydrogen-fuelled range of 200 to 300 km. On gasoline, the car has a range of up to 500 km.

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