The Los Angeles Auto Show on 1 – 10 December 2006 hosted the world premiere of the BMW Hydrogen 7. BMW was the world’s first carmaker to present a hydrogen-powered vehicle that had completed the development process required for series production. Based on the BMW 760Li, the BMW Hydrogen 7 with hydrogen combustion engine was the result of a rigorously focused development strategy that turned the pioneering concept of sustainable everyday mobility into a usable prospect. The 7 Series Sedan was powered by a 12-cylinder engine developing 191 kW/260 hp and sprinted from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.5 seconds. Top speed was electronically limited to 230 km/h (143 mph). Uncertainty regarding the reliability of the hydrogen supply network was not a problem, since the dual-fuel engine in the BMW Hydrogen 7 could simply switch operating modes and run on conventional unleaded petrol instead.
BMW has been carrying out research into hydrogen as an energy source for a long time already and all of the concept vehicles created as part of these projects can be found in our historic vehicle collection.