After researching the possibilities offered by hydrogen since the 80’s, BMW is launching a production, hydrogen powered car to the public. The 2007 BMW Hydrogen 7 is based on the 760Li and apparently drives pretty much like the standard car. With a combined fuel range of 700 KM of fuel on board, the Hydrogen 7 seems set to deliver good mileage for a big sedan. Also, when operating on Hydrogen, the vehicle emits nothing more than clean water vapour.
The one thing that isn’t mentioned in the press release is a delivery network. I’m not sure about European stations, but I’ll bet that the North American fuel stations aren’t lining up to store hydrogen for the handful of cars that may show up. That said, as more manufacturers jump on the hydrogen bandwagon the supply issue should cease to be an issue. At that time, I wonder if they will be able to safely increase the size of the hydrogen tank and decrease the gasoline tank. Zero emissions, while performing like a normal vehicle seems like a pretty good deal to me!
Press release and lots of photos after the break