BMW and oil major Total have agreed to work closely together to promote hydrogen as an energy source for vehicles. The agreement stipulates that Total will set up and operate three hydrogen fueling stations in Europe by the end of 2007 to support the introduction of BMW bi-fuel hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. (Earlier post.)
The two companies already work together in Berlin as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) Berlin Initiative supported by the German Federal Government. TOTAL opened a public filling station in Berlin in March 2006 offering conventional fuel, gaseous (CGH2) and liquefied (LH2) hydrogen—the latter the fuel BMW has targeted for use in its first production hydrogen ICE car. (Earlier post.)
This public filling station takes the place of the pilot test station TOTAL had already been operating in Berlin since 2002.
Before the end of 2006, Total will be open another public filling station with hydrogen supply pumps in Detmoldstraße in Munich, not far from BMW’s Research and Innovation Centre, the well-known FIZ. The decision on the third European location for a hydrogen filling station is to be taken in the next few weeks.
In parallel to putting an appropriate hydrogen infrastructure in place, the BMW Group is actively promoting the introduction of hydrogen cars. Currently BMW is in a process of series development, and in less than two years we will be presenting a BMW 7 Series Hydrogen Car to the public.—Professor Burkhard Göschel, board member BMW AG for development and purchasing