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Saturday, September 16, 2006

BMW Announces Introduction of Hydrogen 7

BMW announced the market introduction of its 7 Series dual-fuel hydrogen combustion engine luxury sedan, the BMW Hydrogen 7. BMW will build the car in a limited series and deploy it to selected users in the US and other countries in 2007.

Fueled by liquid hydrogen, the BMW Hydrogen 7 is equipped with a 260 hp (191 kW) 12-cylinder engine and accelerates from 0-62 mph in 9.5 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 143 mph (230 kph). The BMW Hydrogen 7 features a dual-mode power unit—controlled at the touch of a button—that can switch from hydrogen to conventional premium gasoline. Engine power and torque remain the same regardless of mode.

Unlike fossil fuels, the combustion of hydrogen generates neither hydrocarbons (HC) nor carbon monoxide (CO).

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