Throwback : BMW Presented 15 hydrogen-powered 750hL For Expo2000 (Photos)
BMW delivered 15 hydrogen-powered 750hL for Expo2000 to demonstrate the advanced power concept.
Fleet used as shuttles between Munich-Hanover to demonstrate suitability of hydrogen power for daily use.
The hydrogen tank inside the BMW 750hL holds 140 litres and allows an additional range of 350 kilometers.
A fleet of fifteen (15) hydrogen-powered BMW 750hL sedans were presented by BMW in Berlin on 11th May 2000 as part of efforts to demonstrate that the advanced power concept was ready for series production.
The 750hL fleet were used as shuttles between Munich and Hanover under a worldwide project for Expo2000 to demonstrate the suitability of hydrogen power for daily use on public roads.
Since hydrogen fuel wasn’t widely available then, the V12 hydrogen combustion engine of the BMW 750hL sedan were configured to run on both hydrogen or petrol.
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The engine inside the hydrogen-powered 750hL differs from the conventional petrol engine essentially only in regards to the intake tract with additional injection valves for hydrogen.
While powered by hydrogen, the engine delivers 201-horsepower, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 226km/h. On the Nürburgring, the 750hL recorded a time of 9 minutes and 53 seconds.
The hydrogen tank holds 140 litres and allows an additional range of 350 km. In addition, the 750hL has a fuel cell, an auxiliary power unit (APU) to power the electrical system.
From February to November 2001, the 750hL fleet were part of the “CleanEnergy WorldTour 2001” in the cities of Dubai, Brussels, Milan, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Berlin. By November 2001 the 750hL had achieved a mileage of over 150,000 km.