BMW Hydrogen 7 for delivery in 2007

The world’s first hydrogen-powered luxury saloon car will make its first public appearance on 28 November at the Los Angeles Motor Show. The BMW Hydrogen 7 is based on the existing 7 Series and comes equipped with an internal combustion engine capable of running on liquid hydrogen or petrol. It will be built in limited numbers and offered to selected users in 2007.

In hydrogen mode the 760iL emits nothing more than water vapour. Powered by a 260hp 12-cylinder engine, the Hydrogen 7 accelerates from zero to 62mph in 9.5 seconds before going on to an electronically limited 143mph top speed. The dual power technology means the car has a cruising range in excess of 125 miles in the hydrogen mode with a further 300 miles under petrol power.

BMW Hydrogen 7 for delivery in 2007 BMW Hydrogen 7 for delivery in 2007

To make this possible the BMW Hydrogen 7 comes with a conventional 74-litre petrol tank and an additional hydrogen fuel tank holding up to 8kgs of liquid hydrogen. Such flexibility means the driver of a BMW Hydrogen 7 is able to use the vehicle at all times, even when the nearest hydrogen filling station is out of range. Engine power and torque in the Hydrogen 7 remain exactly the same regardless of which fuel is in current use. The driver can switch between the two without any effect on driving behaviour or performance. The car always gives priority to the use of hydrogen but, should this run out, it automatically switches to petrol power.

The company states "The BMW Hydrogen 7 heralds a milestone in the history of the car. It is a full production ready vehicle, which has met all the stringent processes and final sign-off criteria that every current BMW model undergoes". A total of 100 BMW Hydrogen 7s will be built in 2007. Details on pricing and the destinations of the 100 cars will be announced at a later date.

BMW Hydrogen 7 for delivery in 2007 BMW Hydrogen 7 for delivery in 2007
BMW Hydrogen 7 for delivery in 2007 BMW Hydrogen 7 for delivery in 2007

Text: Clasic Driver
Photos: BMW Group

ClassicInside - The Classic Driver Newsletter
Free Subscription!