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2007 NAIAS :: Detroit Auto Show :: Reviews + Interviews

BMW Premieres the Hydrogen 7 at 2007 NAIAS

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

This is the BMW Hydrogen 7 luxury sedan. It is on display at the 2007 NAIAS.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 


DETROIT -- The BMW Hydrogen 7 is a hybrid car that can run on either gasoline or hydrogen with a combined driving range of 425 miles. The hydrogen tank can be refilled in just under eight minutes. Daniel Kammerer, a corporate communications spokesman, described the features of this car to me.

The luxury sedan is the first of it's kind to come with a hydrogen engine. Consumers can switch from hydrogen power to gasoline power with the push a button. The button is located right on the steering wheel for ease of use.

The total driving range for this vehicle is 425 miles. The first 125 miles is from the hydrogen engine. The other 300 miles come from the gasoline engine. When it is time to re-fill the hydrogen tank, it will take under eight minutes.

The hydrogen tank has a capacity of 8 kilograms of Hydrogen. It is stored in the liquid form at -418° Fahrenheit. The hydrogen tank can hold about 170 liters of Hydrogen while the gasoline tank can hold about 74 liters.

When the hydrogen falls below 80% full, you can re-fill it. The automobile will not allow you to re-fill the tank if it is more than 80% full. You must wait until it goes below that level. There is a little guage on the dashboard just like your normal gas indicator.

The Hydrogen 7 will be built in Germany at BMW's largest manufacturing plant. The vehicle is already being put into production, Kammerer said. He added, "it can be [priced] competitive to a gas car."

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PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

The BMW Hydrogen 7 lives up to its reputation of "Clean Energy."

 

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