BMW Group drives hydrogen technology forward in partnership Project with GM and Honda to develop tank couplings for liquid hydrogen gives further impulse to the establishment of a hydrogen economy.
Source: BMW Group
Munich. Hydrogen as an energy source of the future has the potential to replace
finite fossil fuels such as diesel, petrol and natural gas. It is against this
background that BMW has been systematically pursuing the development of the hydrogen
combustion engine for more than 20 years.
Apart from vehicle development, it is essential - beyond the bounds of the company
- to set up global standards for a hydrogen infrastructure. Thus the collaboration
between BMW AG, GM and Honda has as its goal the joint development of a tank coupling
for liquid hydrogen to be established as a worldwide standard. Dr Frank Ochmann,
head of the BMW CleanEnergy project: "Hydrogen as a fuel of the future can
only achieve blanket coverage if we develop a convenient, standardised fuelling
BMW Group has been working on hydrogen vehicles powered by a combustion engine
since 1979. Thanks to its collaborative involvement in the first public hydrogen
filling station at Munich Airport, the BMW Group has since 1999 managed to gather
valuable experience in fuelling hydrogen cars. The ongoing project "CleanEnergy
Partnership" with a public hydrogen filling station in Berlin is a further
milestone en route to setting up an infrastructure in Germany.