Independent tests conducted by engineers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory on a BMW Hydrogen 7 Mono-Fuel demonstration vehicle have found that the car’s hydrogen-powered engine surpasses the super-ultra low-emission vehicle (SULEV) level, the most stringent emissions performance standard to date.
The BMW Hydrogen 7’s emissions were only a fraction of SULEV level, making it one of the lowest emitting combustion engine vehicles that have been manufactured. Moreover, the car’s engine actively cleans the air. Argonne’s testing shows that the Hydrogen 7’s 12-cylinder engine actually shows emissions levels that, for certain components, are cleaner than the ambient air that comes into the car’s engine.—Thomas Wallner, Argonne Lab
Technical and program information about the Hydrogen 7 tests will be presented by Wallner and BMW North America’s Jason P. Perron 2 April during the National Hydrogen Association Annual Hydrogen Conference, 30 March - 3 April, in Sacramento, Calif. Argonne will also join BMW’s Christoph Huss, senior vice president, science, traffic and vehicles regulations, in a press conference to present the test results during the Society of Automotive Engineers 2008 World Congress, 14-17 April, in Detroit.