Bmw waives in the race for alternative drive techniques up to further on the construction of other hydrogen vehicles. "There will be no new hydrogen test fleet for the time being", said bmw development board klaus draeger handelsblatt. "We continue to work in technology", added draeger.
A bmw speaker supplemented on request from dpa, hydrogen remain a long-term alternative next to the electric drive. "For example, we are researching a tank from which hydrogen does not curve so fast." a new fleet currently brand new findings. The drive technology itself, important above all the question of efficient storage of the extremely cursive gas.
Bmw currently works like other manufacturers with high prere at an electric car to meet climate protection requirements in the eu and the usa. Bmw boss norbert reithofer also demands more state demand in this area. The munchner are planning the first model under the project name "project i" a four-seat pure electric vehicle to come to the market in the first half of the next decade.
For decades, car manufacturers have been researching hydrogen technology to create an alternative to fossil fuels. While, for example daimler and volkswagen put on hydrogen-fed fuel cells, which generate electricity for the electric drive, bmw previously applied to the direct combustion of the gas into it in supported gasoline engines. By contrast, the vw group, according to dpa, no future prospects. Mazda, however, currently tries both methods with different test vehicles in norway.
Two months ago, bmw ceo norbert reithofer had given preference to h2 combustion in the engine in the engine and suggested that there will be new research or demonstration vehicles first when better hydrogen tanks are available.
That handelsblatt in his present report, the break in hydrogen development to the group-wide impact reductions adopted by bmw, which also affects research: bmw has set itself the goal of saving 6 billion euros from 2007 to 2012. In 2008, the development budget had fallen 8.9 percent to 2.8 billion euros in the previous year.