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  BMW E65 745H
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2001
Introduced at:2001 Frankfurt Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:May 10, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith the new BMW 7 Series making its world debut, the market launch of the first hydrogen car was taking an important step towards reality. Just how close the hydrogen car now is to its actual introduction into the market is demonstrated clearly by the 745h prototype, the "h", as the chemical sign for hydrogen, standing for this alternative drive system: During the production life of the new BMW 7 Series, the BMW Group will be offering customers a hydrogen car built as standard on the basis of this new top saloon.

The BMW 745h comes with the first 8-cylinder power unit featuring hydrogen drive. Displacing 4.4 litres, this V8 is largely identical to the new series-production engine with VALVETRONIC, bi-VANOS and the fully-variable intake manifold, supplemented, of course, by hydrogen injection developed to an even higher level. Like the former 750hL, the 745h is able, through its dual-mode technology, to run on both petrol and hydrogen with a complete tank and supply system on board for each type of fuel.

Running on hydrogen, the engine of the 745h develops maximum output of 135 kW or 184 bhp. Top speed is 215 km/h or 133 mph, the cylindrical hydrogen tank integrated in the luggage compartment providing a cruising range of 300 kilometres or 190 miles. Adding 650 kilometres or about 400 miles cruising range on petrol to this figure, we see that the 745h is able to cover approximately 1,000 kilometres or 600 miles without even filling up the tank.

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