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Production of hydrogen-powered BMW's in 2008: the 760h

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Production of hydrogen-powered BMW's in 2008: the 760h
Source: zibb.nl / translation: Ilir Dibrani


BMW will be the first carproducer in the world that will be producing hydrogen-powered cars for the consumers.
In 2008 the first serial-produced 760h's will roll out of the factory, based on the study-racecar, the H2R, and having the same technological features.
Initially, there will be a couple of hundred 760i's which will be equipped with a 6.0 liter V12, producing 285HP, and reaching a topspeed of 302.4 km/h (on hydrogen). Ofcourse the topspeed will be limited to 250 km/h, like all other factory BMW's.

Two years ago BMW received subsidy from the US-government to do a more thorough research in hydrogen engines (fuel-cell).
The H2R 7-series will have a conventional combustion-engine, and the hydrogen will be stored in a seperate tank (like LPG).
The first hydrogen-based cars on the roads will be seen in Munchen and Berlin, where there is the possibility to fill up your car with hydrogen.

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BMW hopes that the production of hydrogen-based cars will lead to the start of a whole new era of environmental-friendly transport, and the facilities to make this possible.
In a Dutch paper, the "Algemeen Dagblad", Diederik Reitsma of BMW Netherlands says: "We hope that the introduction of the 7-series will make an end to the chicken-egg story about hydrogen... As long as there are hardly any hydrogen-powered cars, there will be no hydrogen gas-stations, and as long as there aren't any hydrogen gas-stations, not a lot of hydrogen-powered cars will be sold. We think we can break through this impasse..." (translated from Dutch).
 

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