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CO2-FREE TO THE UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN POZNAN, POLAND

  • 10.12.2008
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21 BMW Hydrogen 7 cars provide shuttle service for the COP 14 climate change
conference in Poznan+++BMW Group presents hydrogen-powered cars and
electromobility+++

Poznan, Poland/Munich, Germany. Using hydrogen as a fuel, mobility generating
practically no CO2 emissions is now very much a reality - and one that
delegates at the UN climate change conference COP 14 taking place in Poznan,
Poland can experience for themselves. A total of 21 BMW Hydrogen 7
hydrogen-powered cars are providing the official shuttle service at the most
important climate change conference of the year. The BMW Group is also
presenting a pair of electrically-driven MINI E cars at the event.

Practically no CO2 emissions: BMW Hydrogen 7 and MINI E
The BMW Group is using these two innovative models to showcase the possible
shape of sustainable mobility in the future. A pilot project involving well
over 500 electrically-powered MINI-based cars has been launched to explore the
potential of electromobility in both the United States and Europe. The primary
aim of the trial is to analyse how electrically-powered vehicles are driven in
everyday conditions. To this end, the BMW Group is placing the MINI E models
with fleets as well as members of the public. The idea is that the data
generated will help the company to channel relevant information from practical
experience into the ongoing series development of an electric car. Added to
which, the study will also look into the technical and economic challenges
presented by the technology, in particular those relating to the lithium-ion
battery. The MINI E may develop nothing in the way of local CO2 emissions, but
it delivers driving pleasure aplenty. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in
8.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 95 mph equip it perfectly for everyday
use, as does a maximum range of 156 miles. The BMW Group has made two examples
of the MINI E available for test drives in Poznan by way of demonstrating this
technology. The BMW Hydrogen 7 has already furnished evidence of its everyday
practicality in countries around the world. Indeed, 100 examples of the car
have together racked up more than two million miles worldwide since the launch
of the hydrogen fleet in late 2006. The BMW Hydrogen 7 is fitted with a
hydrogen combustion engine, which can be fuelled with either petrol or the
cleanest option of all: hydrogen. In hydrogen mode the BMW Hydrogen 7 also
emits virtually no CO2 (below 5grams/100 kilometres), yet delivers 260 hp - and
thus proves that sustainable mobility and "The Ultimate Driving Machine" can go
hand in hand. All of which means that the delegates in Poznan are enjoying
familiar reliability and comfort in the fleet of 21 BMW Hydrogen 7 official
shuttle vehicles at the summit, but with an extra dose of
environment-friendliness.

Focusing on developments further up the supply chain
The use of hydrogen and electrical power ensures that the cars themselves emit
practically no CO2. The BMW Group is a leader in the development of these two
technologies. Indeed, experts in Munich first began researching and building
battery and hydrogen-powered cars back in the 1970s. The BMW Hydrogen 7
shuttles in Poznan run on climate neutral hydrogen. If hydrogen is produced out
of renewable energy through electrolysis, CO2 emissions can be cut by up to 90%
further up the supply chain. The key for both hydrogen power and
electromobility lies not only in the ability of the vehicles to run CO2-free
but also in the development of supply chains and infrastructure to provide them
with clean hydrogen and electricity. This represents both a political and an
economic challenge. The BMW Group is seeking discussions on open questions
related to hydrogen and electromobility at both the climate summit in Poznan
and in regular stakeholder dialogue.

For questions please contact:
Andreas Klugescheid, BMW Group and Governmental Affairs, Spokesman Political
Affairs
Phone: +49 89 382 76080, Fax: +49 89 382 25454 email: andreas.klugescheid@bmw.de

Dr. Thomas Becker, BMW Group Corporate and Governmental Affairs, Head
Governmental Affairs
Phone: +49 89 382 49885, Fax: +49 89 382 25454 email: thomas.tb.becker@bmw.de

Media Website: www.press.bmwgroup.com
E-mail: presse@bmw.de

 

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