Hydrogen only H7

Next Generation H7 to run only on hydrogen. There is only one major hurdle: there is currently no public infrastructure to fill these marvels up at! It is not like your corner Shell has a hydrogen nozzle….. yet.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 31, 2008… BMW announces its latest milestone in its pursuit of the hydrogen future, the BMW Hydrogen 7 mono-fuel.Based on the BMW Hydrogen 7 bi-fuel version (gasoline and hydrogen), the mono-fuel vehicle’s internal combustion engine is optimized to run solely on hydrogen and shares the performance, comfort, and safety qualities of every production BMW 7 Series.The BMW Hydrogen 7 mono-fuel will be featured at both the 2008 National Hydrogen Association Conference in Sacramento, CA (Mar. 30 – Apr. 3) and the 2008 SAE World Congress in Detroit, MI (Apr. 14 – 17). The BMW Hydrogen 7 mono-fuel is equipped with a V12 internal combustion engine (ICE) which has been engineered torun exclusively on hydrogen .Compared with the bi-fuel version, this vehicle achieves incredibly low emissions, increased engine performance, reducedconsumption and greater range. “The mono-fuel Hydrogen 7 is the of more than 25 years of hydrogen development by BMW,” noted Tom Baloga, Vice-president of Engineering for BMW in the US. “It demonstrates BMW’s support for a hydrogen infrastructure by producing an internal combustion engine that produces truly near-zero emissions and simultaneously cleans the air of certain pollutants.” In BMW’s view, hydrogen is the most logical energy carrier of the future for three reasons. Firstly, it has no carbon and therefore emits no CO2, HC’s and other pollutants.Secondly, it can be produced using renewable, clean technologies like solar, wind, geothermal, and bio-processes. Lastly,it can be produced in stable areas of the globe as necessary for energy security.Although today’s hydrogen is mainly derived from natural gas, hydrogen can and will be “green” from renewable and clean sources in the future.Unlike batteries, which will likely also play an important role in future transportation, hydrogen vehicles can be refueled rather quickly for long trips, don’t require powerlines across the landscape, and hydrogen can be generated and stored 24/7 when wind is greatest or electrical demand is low. The BMW Hydrogen 7 mono-fuel is a demonstration production vehicle, not a prototype. It was created to showcase the zero CO2 and low emissions potential and feasibility of a dedicated hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE).In addition, the BMW Hydrogen 7 mono-fuel helpsdeliver additional experience in the everyday use of hydrogen beyond what has already been learned with the nearly 100 bi-fuel Hydrogen 7 Sedans that have been used in a customer test drive program since November 2006. The Hydrogen 7’s V12 mono-fuel ICEproduces no CO2 and near-zero emissions, while not sacrificing performance. In fact, the tailpipe emissions are so infinitesimal they pushed the limits of current emission testing technology. Independent authorities, including the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), have confirmed these results. ANL conducted emission tests on BMW Hydrogen 7 mono-fuel vehicles in early March 2008. “The BMW Hydrogen 7 ‘s emissions were only a fraction of SULEV level, making it one of the lowest emitting combustion engine vehicles that have been manufactured, ” said Thomas Wallner, a mechanical engineer who leads Argonne ‘s hydrogen vehicle testing activities. “Moreover, the car ‘s engine actively cleans the air. Argonne ‘s testing shows that the Hydrogen 7 ‘s 12-cylinder engine actually shows emissions levels that, for certain components, such as Non Methane Organic Gases (NMOG’s) and Carbon Monoxides (CO’s), are cleaner than the ambient air that comes into the car ‘s engine. ” BMW and ANL will hold a joint press conference about the ground-breaking results at the SAE World Congress.Christophe Huss, Vice-president – Development Abroad, Type Approval and Traffic Management for BMW will be present at the SAE World Congress.
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  • thrill

    Dear BMW – while I think your approach of making the present day internal combustion engine operate efficiently on hydrogen is the right one (at least for the short to mid term), there are two things you need to do, without waiting for others to do it.

    First, you need to build a cost effective and safe home based hydrogen refueling station. It needs to use electricity to crack water and make hydrogen. Someone willing to spend $100,000 on a car is willing to spend $10,000 on a device in their garage to fill them up as needed. This can even be a loss leader. Having easy access to fueling systems is critical – you need to take the lead here.

    Second, you need to offer something besides that enormous 7 series – I know I’d rather spend an extra $10,000 on an HX3 (for mein frau) or an HZ4 (por moi), or, looking to the future, an HMini, as my daughter would (make me) buy in a heartbeat, than anything for a 7 series – the problem here seems to be a lack of recognition on who will jump with both feet to buy a hydrogen powered vehicle over something else – it’s the younger people who want the smaller and cleaner vehicles who will create the needed demand – not the old folks like my father who are perfectly happy tooling around in their ginourmous 5/6/7 series that run on plain old gasoline.

  • Brian Kief

    I live in west LA on the corner of Colby and Santa Monica Blvd. They are putting the finishing touches on a Hydrogen Shell station right on the corner. Months back I was curious how many station there were in the country and found quite a number of them. It’s a good start for the upcoming Hydrogen models, I can’t wait to see them in circulation.

  • Oddly enough, I live about a mile away from an Ohio State University building that advertises itself as “The Only Hydrogen Fueling Station in Ohio.”

    I’m not sure there are actually any hydrogen powered cars in Ohio.

  • I think its people from Cali driving to there to get a fill hahaha.

    It would make more sense for Hydrogen to start out in bigger places like Cali and NY then….Ohio

  • Dan

    What does a gallon of Hydrogen go for these days?