BMW announced Tuesday that the company will roll out the world’s first hydrogen-burning car early next year.
The BMW Hydrogen 7 is equipped with an internal combustion engine capable of running on either hydrogen or gasoline. According to a release from BMW, this option will allow the car to run on standard fossil fuel if a hydrogen filling station is not available.
Hydrogen technology dramatically reduces the emission of CO2. Running in the hydrogen mode, the car emits water vapor.
The car comes with both a conventional 74-litre gasoline tank and an additional fuel tank taking up approximately 17.6 pounds of liquid hydrogen.
The control system gives priority to the hydrogen tank. If one of the two types of fuel is depleted, the system will automatically switch over to the other type of fuel.