BMW Introduces World's First Hydrogen-Drive Luxury Performance Car -- The BMW Hydrogen 7

Sep 12, 2006, 01:00 ET from BMW of North America, LLC

    MUNICH, Germany and LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- BMW today
 announced the introduction of the new BMW Hydrogen 7, the world's first
 hydrogen-drive luxury performance automobile. The car -- a vehicle that has
 undergone the regular Product Development Process -- will be built in a
 limited series in Europe and driven in the US and other countries by
 selected users in 2007. It is equipped with an internal combustion engine
 capable of running either on hydrogen or on gasoline and based on the BMW 7
 Series.
     Hydrogen technology dramatically reduces emissions generated by
 personal transport and, in particular, minimizes the emission of CO2.
 Running in the hydrogen mode, the BMW Hydrogen 7 essentially emits nothing
 but vapor. And, unlike fossil fuels and traditional gasoline, hydrogen is
 available in virtually infinite supply. With the BMW Hydrogen 7, the BMW
 Group is laying down a marker for sustainable mobility. This car will play
 a pioneering role in driving forward hydrogen technologies. BMW has gained
 an excellent reputation for significantly reducing fuel consumption and CO2
 emissions by using ultra efficient, yet very dynamic gasoline engines.
 Together with clean performance diesel cars and the technologically
 advanced hybrid systems currently under development within the BMW
 EfficientDynamics project, the BMW Group has a clear strategy for
 sustainable mobility with hydrogen as the ultimate goal.
     With all the comforts and amenities of a non-hydrogen BMW 7 Series, the
 BMW Hydrogen 7 is powered by a 260 hp twelve-cylinder engine and
 accelerates from 0-62.1 mph in 9.5 seconds. Top speed is limited
 electronically to 143 mph. The BMW Hydrogen 7 also features a dual-mode
 power unit -- controlled at the touch of a button -- that can switch
 quickly and conveniently from hydrogen to conventional premium gasoline.
     The car's dual-mode drive provides an overall cruising range of more
 than 400 miles and enables the driver of a BMW Hydrogen 7 to enjoy
 virtually unlimited mobility, even when far away from the nearest hydrogen
 filling station. This technology is a viable solution until the hydrogen
 infrastructure is fully developed.
     BMW CleanEnergy: paving the way into the future.
     The BMW Hydrogen 7 perfectly captures the essence of the BMW
 CleanEnergy strategy. By using hydrogen produced from water and renewable
 energy, such as wind, sun or hydropower, in an internal combustion engine,
 the car's emissions in hydrogen mode are essentially nothing but vapor.
 And, with this emitted water vapor, the cycle can start again and the dream
 of sustainable mobility without using fossil fuel resources and without
 impacting the earth's climate can become a reality. The complete change
 from a fossil fuel infrastructure to a hydrogen economy will require
 decades, but with the Hydrogen 7, BMW shows that bringing hydrogen
 technology to the road is indeed feasible.
     BMW Hydrogen 7: Industrializing hydrogen technologies.
     The BMW Hydrogen 7 has successfully completed the entire Product
 Development Process (PDP) obligatory for all new BMWs. In this process, all
 components of the new technology were integrated into the overall vehicle
 according to the same challenging criteria applied to "regular" production
 vehicles. The BMW Hydrogen 7 is not a hand made concept car, but rather, a
 milestone in industrializing hydrogen technologies for automotive use.
     The knowledge gained in the PDP has not only made a decisive
 contribution to the everyday driving qualities of the BMW Hydrogen 7, but
 it will also significantly impact the development and production of future
 hydrogen vehicle concepts, with the principle of dual-mode drive and the
 features of other components now going through the strict test of everyday
 driving practice.
     Dual-mode combustion engine for enhanced flexibility.
     While cruising range is a significant consideration to consumers in any
 car, BMW recognizes that it is of critical importance in a hydrogen-powered
 vehicle, because there is not yet a full network of hydrogen filling
 stations in the United States.
     For precisely this reason, the BMW Hydrogen 7 features dual-mode drive
 technology and a combustion engine capable of running on both hydrogen and
 gasoline. The cruising range in the hydrogen mode is more than 125 miles,
 with another 300 miles in the gasoline mode. Thus, the driver of a BMW
 Hydrogen 7 is able to use the vehicle without problem even when the nearest
 hydrogen filling station is far away. The BMW Hydrogen 7 clearly proves
 that liquid hydrogen may by all means be used as a source of energy for the
 production car. By introducing the BMW Hydrogen 7, the BMW Group
 establishes powerful momentum for the ongoing development of a supply
 infrastructure serving above all to set up additional hydrogen filling
 stations providing sustained mobility on a broad basis also in the future.
     Two tanks: Smooth transitions and maximum cruise range.
     To offer the longest conceivable cruising range, the BMW Hydrogen 7
 comes with both a conventional 74-litre (16.3 Imp gal) gasoline tank and an
 additional fuel tank taking up approximately 8 kilos or 17.6 lb of liquid
 hydrogen. Stored in a high tech tank, liquid hydrogen offers significant
 advantages in energy density enhancing the cruising range of the hydrogen
 car.
     The driver is able to switch from hydrogen to gasoline mode manually by
 pressing a button on the multifunction steering wheel. Because engine power
 and torque remain exactly the same regardless of the mode of operation,
 switching from one mode to another has no effect on the driving behavior
 and performance of the BMW Hydrogen 7.
     The control system in BMW Hydrogen 7 gives priority to the use of
 hydrogen. And, should one of the two types of fuel be fully consumed, the
 system will automatically switch over to the other type of fuel in the
 interest of secure, ongoing supply.
     Luxury class comfort for four.
     The BMW Hydrogen 7 is a four-seater with the two passengers at the rear
 enjoying the same high standard of comfort as in one of BMW's "regular"
 luxury performance vehicles.
     The BMW Hydrogen 7 comes with an unusually wide range of standard
 features. In addition to the high level of equipment featured from the
 start in the BMW 760i, the BMW Hydrogen 7 comes inter alia with climate
 comfort composite glazing, BMW's high-end automatic air conditioning,
 auxiliary heating, electric seat heating for the driver, front passenger
 and rear seats, lumbar supports, electric seat adjustment with memory
 function on the front seats, ISOFIX child seat fastenings, Park Distance
 Control, a rain sensor, exterior and interior mirrors with automatic
 anti-dazzle, Soft Close Automatic for the doors and a headlight assistant.
 A complete entertainment and communication package adds to the comfort a
 BMW 7 Series can provide.
     Progress without compromises.
     BMW Hydrogen 7 emphatically proves that changing over to an alternative
 form of energy doesn't mean missing out on superior driving dynamics and
 comfort. The departure from fossil fuel does not in any way mean giving up
 the dynamics and performance typical of a BMW. Mobility of tomorrow and
 driving pleasure of today are compatible, with the drive concept of BMW
 Hydrogen 7 being directly transferable to future models. Driving a car of
 this caliber will be just as thrilling in the future as it is today, but at
 the same time cleaner than ever before.
     BMW Group: "Sustainability. It can be done."
     Sustainable action and corporate success belong together. With this
 clear commitment, the BMW Group has integrated sustainability as part of
 its corporate strategy for many years and takes responsibility for its
 products throughout their entire life cycle -- from production to
 end-of-life recycling. The BMW CleanEnergy strategy aims to create a
 sustainable future for individual mobility independent of fossil fuels.
 With BMW EfficientDynamics, the company enhances fuel economy with every
 new product while still offering the customer the best in class
 performance.
     With recycling-optimized product design and life cycle assessment, BMW
 is helping to reduce the impact on the environment. The use of benchmark
 technologies in its clean production program significantly reduces the
 consumption of water and energy during the production process. There are
 many examples of the advantages of adhering to BMW's mantra,
 "Sustainability. It can be done." The benefits are enjoyed by not only the
 company and its associates, but also the environment and, most importantly,
 the customer. To learn more about BMW Group and sustainability, please
 visit www.bmwgroup.com/sustainability.
     Please note: additional technical information and jpegs are available
 on http://www.press.bmwgroup.com. B-roll is available upon request.
     BMW Group In America
     BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since
 1975. ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.
 The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales,
 and financial service organizations for the BMW brand, the MINI brand, and
 the ROLLS-ROYCE brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design
 firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other
 operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South
 Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the
 exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 models and X5 Sports Activity
 Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S.
 through networks of 339 BMW passenger car centers, 334 BMW Sports Activity
 Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers, 80 MINI passenger car
 dealers, and 30 ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the
 BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is
 located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
     Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the
 Internet at:
     http://www.bmwgroupna.com
     http://www.bmwusa.com
     http://www.bmwmotorradusa.com
     http://www.miniusa.com
     http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com
     http://www.bmw-golfsport.com
 
 

SOURCE BMW of North America, LLC
    MUNICH, Germany and LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- BMW today
 announced the introduction of the new BMW Hydrogen 7, the world's first
 hydrogen-drive luxury performance automobile. The car -- a vehicle that has
 undergone the regular Product Development Process -- will be built in a
 limited series in Europe and driven in the US and other countries by
 selected users in 2007. It is equipped with an internal combustion engine
 capable of running either on hydrogen or on gasoline and based on the BMW 7
 Series.
     Hydrogen technology dramatically reduces emissions generated by
 personal transport and, in particular, minimizes the emission of CO2.
 Running in the hydrogen mode, the BMW Hydrogen 7 essentially emits nothing
 but vapor. And, unlike fossil fuels and traditional gasoline, hydrogen is
 available in virtually infinite supply. With the BMW Hydrogen 7, the BMW
 Group is laying down a marker for sustainable mobility. This car will play
 a pioneering role in driving forward hydrogen technologies. BMW has gained
 an excellent reputation for significantly reducing fuel consumption and CO2
 emissions by using ultra efficient, yet very dynamic gasoline engines.
 Together with clean performance diesel cars and the technologically
 advanced hybrid systems currently under development within the BMW
 EfficientDynamics project, the BMW Group has a clear strategy for
 sustainable mobility with hydrogen as the ultimate goal.
     With all the comforts and amenities of a non-hydrogen BMW 7 Series, the
 BMW Hydrogen 7 is powered by a 260 hp twelve-cylinder engine and
 accelerates from 0-62.1 mph in 9.5 seconds. Top speed is limited
 electronically to 143 mph. The BMW Hydrogen 7 also features a dual-mode
 power unit -- controlled at the touch of a button -- that can switch
 quickly and conveniently from hydrogen to conventional premium gasoline.
     The car's dual-mode drive provides an overall cruising range of more
 than 400 miles and enables the driver of a BMW Hydrogen 7 to enjoy
 virtually unlimited mobility, even when far away from the nearest hydrogen
 filling station. This technology is a viable solution until the hydrogen
 infrastructure is fully developed.
     BMW CleanEnergy: paving the way into the future.
     The BMW Hydrogen 7 perfectly captures the essence of the BMW
 CleanEnergy strategy. By using hydrogen produced from water and renewable
 energy, such as wind, sun or hydropower, in an internal combustion engine,
 the car's emissions in hydrogen mode are essentially nothing but vapor.
 And, with this emitted water vapor, the cycle can start again and the dream
 of sustainable mobility without using fossil fuel resources and without
 impacting the earth's climate can become a reality. The complete change
 from a fossil fuel infrastructure to a hydrogen economy will require
 decades, but with the Hydrogen 7, BMW shows that bringing hydrogen
 technology to the road is indeed feasible.
     BMW Hydrogen 7: Industrializing hydrogen technologies.
     The BMW Hydrogen 7 has successfully completed the entire Product
 Development Process (PDP) obligatory for all new BMWs. In this process, all
 components of the new technology were integrated into the overall vehicle
 according to the same challenging criteria applied to "regular" production
 vehicles. The BMW Hydrogen 7 is not a hand made concept car, but rather, a
 milestone in industrializing hydrogen technologies for automotive use.
     The knowledge gained in the PDP has not only made a decisive
 contribution to the everyday driving qualities of the BMW Hydrogen 7, but
 it will also significantly impact the development and production of future
 hydrogen vehicle concepts, with the principle of dual-mode drive and the
 features of other components now going through the strict test of everyday
 driving practice.
     Dual-mode combustion engine for enhanced flexibility.
     While cruising range is a significant consideration to consumers in any
 car, BMW recognizes that it is of critical importance in a hydrogen-powered
 vehicle, because there is not yet a full network of hydrogen filling
 stations in the United States.
     For precisely this reason, the BMW Hydrogen 7 features dual-mode drive
 technology and a combustion engine capable of running on both hydrogen and
 gasoline. The cruising range in the hydrogen mode is more than 125 miles,
 with another 300 miles in the gasoline mode. Thus, the driver of a BMW
 Hydrogen 7 is able to use the vehicle without problem even when the nearest
 hydrogen filling station is far away. The BMW Hydrogen 7 clearly proves
 that liquid hydrogen may by all means be used as a source of energy for the
 production car. By introducing the BMW Hydrogen 7, the BMW Group
 establishes powerful momentum for the ongoing development of a supply
 infrastructure serving above all to set up additional hydrogen filling
 stations providing sustained mobility on a broad basis also in the future.
     Two tanks: Smooth transitions and maximum cruise range.
     To offer the longest conceivable cruising range, the BMW Hydrogen 7
 comes with both a conventional 74-litre (16.3 Imp gal) gasoline tank and an
 additional fuel tank taking up approximately 8 kilos or 17.6 lb of liquid
 hydrogen. Stored in a high tech tank, liquid hydrogen offers significant
 advantages in energy density enhancing the cruising range of the hydrogen
 car.
     The driver is able to switch from hydrogen to gasoline mode manually by
 pressing a button on the multifunction steering wheel. Because engine power
 and torque remain exactly the same regardless of the mode of operation,
 switching from one mode to another has no effect on the driving behavior
 and performance of the BMW Hydrogen 7.
     The control system in BMW Hydrogen 7 gives priority to the use of
 hydrogen. And, should one of the two types of fuel be fully consumed, the
 system will automatically switch over to the other type of fuel in the
 interest of secure, ongoing supply.
     Luxury class comfort for four.
     The BMW Hydrogen 7 is a four-seater with the two passengers at the rear
 enjoying the same high standard of comfort as in one of BMW's "regular"
 luxury performance vehicles.
     The BMW Hydrogen 7 comes with an unusually wide range of standard
 features. In addition to the high level of equipment featured from the
 start in the BMW 760i, the BMW Hydrogen 7 comes inter alia with climate
 comfort composite glazing, BMW's high-end automatic air conditioning,
 auxiliary heating, electric seat heating for the driver, front passenger
 and rear seats, lumbar supports, electric seat adjustment with memory
 function on the front seats, ISOFIX child seat fastenings, Park Distance
 Control, a rain sensor, exterior and interior mirrors with automatic
 anti-dazzle, Soft Close Automatic for the doors and a headlight assistant.
 A complete entertainment and communication package adds to the comfort a
 BMW 7 Series can provide.
     Progress without compromises.
     BMW Hydrogen 7 emphatically proves that changing over to an alternative
 form of energy doesn't mean missing out on superior driving dynamics and
 comfort. The departure from fossil fuel does not in any way mean giving up
 the dynamics and performance typical of a BMW. Mobility of tomorrow and
 driving pleasure of today are compatible, with the drive concept of BMW
 Hydrogen 7 being directly transferable to future models. Driving a car of
 this caliber will be just as thrilling in the future as it is today, but at
 the same time cleaner than ever before.
     BMW Group: "Sustainability. It can be done."
     Sustainable action and corporate success belong together. With this
 clear commitment, the BMW Group has integrated sustainability as part of
 its corporate strategy for many years and takes responsibility for its
 products throughout their entire life cycle -- from production to
 end-of-life recycling. The BMW CleanEnergy strategy aims to create a
 sustainable future for individual mobility independent of fossil fuels.
 With BMW EfficientDynamics, the company enhances fuel economy with every
 new product while still offering the customer the best in class
 performance.
     With recycling-optimized product design and life cycle assessment, BMW
 is helping to reduce the impact on the environment. The use of benchmark
 technologies in its clean production program significantly reduces the
 consumption of water and energy during the production process. There are
 many examples of the advantages of adhering to BMW's mantra,
 "Sustainability. It can be done." The benefits are enjoyed by not only the
 company and its associates, but also the environment and, most importantly,
 the customer. To learn more about BMW Group and sustainability, please
 visit www.bmwgroup.com/sustainability.
     Please note: additional technical information and jpegs are available
 on http://www.press.bmwgroup.com. B-roll is available upon request.
     BMW Group In America
     BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since
 1975. ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.
 The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales,
 and financial service organizations for the BMW brand, the MINI brand, and
 the ROLLS-ROYCE brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design
 firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other
 operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South
 Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the
 exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 models and X5 Sports Activity
 Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S.
 through networks of 339 BMW passenger car centers, 334 BMW Sports Activity
 Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers, 80 MINI passenger car
 dealers, and 30 ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the
 BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is
 located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
     Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the
 Internet at:
     http://www.bmwgroupna.com
     http://www.bmwusa.com
     http://www.bmwmotorradusa.com
     http://www.miniusa.com
     http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com
     http://www.bmw-golfsport.com
 
 SOURCE BMW of North America, LLC