BMW’s First Hydrogen Cars In 2007

More cleaner energy efforts, this time from BMW…

German automaker BMW said that it would begin distributing the world’s first hydrogen-burning cars to selected users in the U.S. and Europe next year.

The cars are 7-Series sedans powered by 12-cylinder internal-combustion engines capable of burning gasoline or liquefied hydrogen.

BMW, which has been working on hydrogen fuel technology since 1978, will build and distribute about 100 of the vehicles for a variety of uses.

Users, who would not be charged for the cars, could include politicians, celebrities, drivers in corporate fleets and members of the public. Some would receive the cars for prolonged periods, others for short test drives.

General Motors Corp. and other big carmakers are working on fuel-cell vehicles that would use hydrogen in an electrochemical process to produce electricity to power a motor.
Ford Motor Co. and Japanese affiliate Mazda Motor Corp. also are working to develop internal-combustion engines that run on hydrogen.

[Source: LA Times]

I wonder if I’ll qualify to get one of those cars to test and play around with…
I mean wouldn’t they need some real world information from at least one person from the Africa and Middle East region, someone like me for example?

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Mohamed Marwen Meddah is a web development director, amateur photographer and web enthusiast from Tunisia, currently living in Canada.

3 thoughts on “BMW’s First Hydrogen Cars In 2007”

  1. i see these hydrogen cars just as an exercise of “which automaker shows off more”… its too expensive and wont be in production in the next 10 years… you can bet… if some get to be actually made in production amounts, it will be extremely expensive..

  2. LOL, the fact that you’re located in an environmentally-non-conscious country, disqualifies you from earning one of those any time soon..

  3. @Eber: Well everything starts out expensive at the beginning and then competition in the market and invention of cheaper solutions lowers the prices.
    But don’t expect a BMW to become really cheap though, hydrogen or not, it still is a BMW.

    @Medusa: well actually Tunisia is one of the most environmentally-conscious countries in Africa and among the Arab countries.
    So I think I should qualify 😛

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