Gallery: BMW’s Hydrogen Car Cleans The Air as You Drive

BMW's Hydrogen Sedan

What if your car consumed carbon monoxide instead of spewing it out? Just such a vehicle was unveiled at last month’s SAE Congress in Detroit, which showcased some exciting green trends in the automotive industry. BMW stole the spotlight with its hydrogen-powered 7-series sedan that emits less carbon monoxide than is present in its environment. The car’s engine breaks down and converts carbon monoxide, essentially cleaning the air as it is driven.

BMW’s carbon cutting sedan features a six-liter hydrogen combustion engine that delivers performance on par with its gas-guzzling counterpart. The vehicle takes a step beyond BMW’s efforts to create a hydrogen/gasoline hybrid with astonishing results: tests conducted by Argonne Laboratories show that the car’s emissions are so low that they are undetectable by standard emissions tests.

It’s certainly true that Hydrogen fueled cars have some critical hurdles to overcome, but developments like this infuse the industry with an uplifting breath of fresh air. BMW currently has no plans for production, but the sedan marks sure signs of future-forward thinking.




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  1. November 24, 2008 at 3:58 am

    I’m excitedly waiting all the changes in technology and availability of vehicles in the near future!!!

  2. Androo June 6, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    This post is downright absurd. Have you literally just taken a BMW press-release and set it uncritically out in the world as fact?

    Yes, driving may result in marginally cleaner emissions from the tailpipe, but the embodied energy in the technology is massive. Not to mention the production of the hydrogen (which often comes from reformation of hydrocarbons). This car is not efficient. It’s merely an opportunity for the very rich to try and alleviate their guilt by embracing a technology that is unlikely to ever reach mainstream success.

  3. hmmarquard June 4, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    There is a big difference between *consuming* carbon monoxide and having reduced emissions of it. Not sure which this car actually does as the article seems to claim both at the same time. Would have to be one or the other and my money rides with “reduced”, not the plant-like and miraculous “consuming”.

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