– Cross-reference: photo is available at: http://recherche.newsaktuell.de/galerie.htx?type=obs Munich (ots) – With the departure of ten BMW 750hL cars by air transport today, the CleanEnergy WorldTour 2001 has been launched. In the next six months, the BMW hydrogen vehicles will go out in search of answers to key questions: how and where will hydrogen be produced? How will the political framework be provided? How will the hydrogen be transported and a filling station network established? And what contribution can hydrogen cars make to the reduction of CO2 emissions? The CleanEnergy WorldTour thus continues the German success story of the BMW hydrogen cars throughout the world: since the presentation of the vehicles in Berlin on May 11th 2000, the BMW 750hL have covered over 100,000 kilometers without problems .The result of this long-term test is that hydrogen-powered combustion engines have now been realised as a technological solution. They offer numerous benefits in terms of cost, weight and versatility of use without foregoing superior driving performance and customary engine power. Now that the BMW Group has present the zero-litre car, a hydrogen infrastructure is necessary. Consistent reduction of CO2 will only be possible when hydrogen is regeneratively produced in sufficient quantities. The customer will not accept hydrogen until filling stations are available, and hydrogen power will only assert itself on the market when the European Union has established clear regulations. The first stage of the CleanEnergy WorldTour takes the fleet to Dubai on February 1st. Countries on the sun belt of the earth such as Dubai are particularly well suited for the cheap, regenerative production of solar energy. For Arabian states, hydrogen also presents itself as an potential economic alternative to finite fossil fuels such as mineral oil. With five events in Dubai, Brussels, Milan, Tokyo and Los Angeles, the CleanEnergy WorldTour aims to give new impulses for hydrogen as an energy source. BMW presents the fleet in these cities with the goal of seeking answers to crucial questions. In this way, the BMW Group is making a contribution to the realisation of sustainable energy with hydrogen as source of power. Technical data of the BMW 750hL: bivalent 5.4 litre 12-cylinder V-engine, 0-100 km/h in 9.6 s, max. 226 km/h, safety-optimised 140 litre hydrogen fuel tank with encapsulation, range with hydrogen: 350 kilometres, additional petrol operation possible. Permanent vehicle power supply from 5kW, 42V fuel cell unit.
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