BMW of North America and NASA have announced the successful completion of an 8 week testing programme of the BMW Hydrogen 7 model vehicle, reflecting the shared commitment to advancing hydrogen technologies and exploration of innovative transportation and alternative energy concepts.
During the test period, which was initiated under a Space Act Agreement between NASA and BMW, the US aeronautics and space administration agency personnel had full access to the fleet of BMW Hydrogen 7's , which run on a similar form of liquid hydrogen to that used in space shuttles.
Karl-Heinze Ziwica, vice president of Engineering at BMW of North America, commented, $quot;We are very proud to have been able to offer this test period of the BMW Hydrogen 7 to NASA, with whom we share a unique common goal: the use and ongoing research of liquid hydrogen solutions.$quot;
The vehicles feature a dual combustion engine capable of running on liquid hydrogen or gasoline and seamless shifting between the two, with the top speed of the Hydrogen 7 standing at 143mph and acceleration of 0-60mph in just 9.2 seconds.
During their time at NASA, the vehicles were refueled using the space centre's liquid hydrogen fueling supply located at the space centre's premises.
The BMW Hydrogen 7 debuted last year, underlining the German car giant's commitment to hydrogen-drive technologies and luxury performance vehicles and helping to further stimulate demand for a viable hydrogen infrastructure in the long term.