Munich/Berlin. Dr Manfred Stolpe, German Minister of Transport, Building and
Housing, Margareta Wolf, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry
for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and Georg Wilhelm
Adamowitsch, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour,
today open the German capital's first public hydrogen filling station. In
addition to conventional fuels, it offers hydrogen in the form of gas
(Compressed Gaseous Hydrogen - CGH2) and in liquefied form (Liquid Hydrogen -
LH2). The latter boasts a higher energy density and is favoured by the BMW Group
as it gives vehicles a greater range. As a project partner in the Clean Energy
Partnership (CEP), the BMW Group is playing an active role in the demonstration
programme by running trial vehicles based on the hydrogen-powered 7 Series.
"In this inauguration, we are pointing the way forward for sustainable mobility.
This project makes it patently evident that hydrogen has a high potential as a
replacement for oil and other fossil energy forms in many areas", declared Dr
Stolpe. Representing the BMW Group, Christoph Huss, Director of Science and
Transport Policy, added: "The BMW Group has been driving forward the development
of hydrogen vehicles for more than 20 years now. With the opening of this
hydrogen filling station in Berlin, all partners of the CEP have come a
significant step closer to fulfilling their vision of turning sustainable
mobility into reality."
As part of the opening ceremony, the fuelling of a BMW test car with liquid
hydrogen is presented to the government representatives. In the course of the
project, an entire fleet of BMW hydrogen-powered vehicles will be deployed in
Basis of the CEP Berlin: the Transport Energy Strategy
The involvement in the CEP Berlin is part of the BMW Group's involvement in
setting up an infrastructure for hydrogen vehicles. The basis of this is the
Transport Energy Strategy (TES). More than ten partners from the motor and
energy industry are collaborating in this group. The aim of the TES is to
introduce a countrywide supply network for the sustainable energy carrier
hydrogen. The German government is backing and overseeing the work of this
group, which was set up on the initiative, among others, of BMW AG. The Clean
Energy Partnership in Berlin is a project by the TES.
Coming to customers soon: BMW hydrogen cars
BMW AG will be offering customers a production car with a hydrogen combustion
engine during the production period of the current BMW 7 Series. This will
feature a bivalent drive that runs on hydrogen as well as petrol. It will mean
that the BMW flagship can be filled with both fuels depending on availability
and infrastructure in order to guarantee mobility for the customer.
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