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Thursday, August 26, 2010

BMW 7 Series Liquid Hydrogen Hybrid


The BMW Hydrogen 7, as the hydrogen hybrid is called, is a fully operational and ready for production hybrid that runes on liquid nitrogen. Quoting the BMW website this is the first production ready hydrogen vehicle. The whole quote can be read below.


The future is closer than you think.

The BMW Hydrogen 7 is the world's first production-ready hydrogen vehicle. It's already proving itself in the real world too: we're putting 100 of them to the test as loan cars for leading figures from the worlds of culture, politics, business and the media, including Oscar-winning film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Erich Sixt, chairman of rental car company Sixt AG.
Real-world experience shows that switching to hydrogen can go hand in hand with the comfort, dynamics and safety you'd expect from a BMW.

This is a pretty bold move by the German manufacturer because they are going into uncharted territory, and boldly at that, with their flagship model, the 7 series. What is really impressive is that this car is able to delivery the same kind of luxury expected from BMW and the piece of mind that you are doing your part in not polluting the environment. Now what is different about this specific hybrid is that it uses an internal combustion engine to burn both regular gas and the liquid hydrogen. This might be convenient looking from the manufacturing point of view, but this type of engine, found in most modern cars, is very inefficient and when burning the liquid hydrogen it looses a lot of it. This type of engine would need much more liquid hydrogen to produce the same amount of energy that an engine designed specifically for liquid hydrogen burning would need. So while still not too practical the BMW hybrid is a reality and that is the first step necessary into tackling the problem of what is going to drive the cars of the future.



Now in the above picture you can see one of the people mentioned in the quote taken from the BMW website. This person is Oscar Winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck , he was one of the lucky once to get this baby for free, before its available to the public.

The All New Mercedes E Class




Mercedes has been know through the years as a standard in car building, and they are about to prove this one more time with their all new line up of top end luxury cars. The engineers at Mercedes remodeled the C and S classes first, with a significant gap before the remodeling of the E class , that I guess built up more anticipation for the new form of the car, which is well deserved! In 2009 Mercedes completely scratched off any old designs and went back to the drawing board. They came up with a brand new design inside and out, and going along with the tradition they have for building some of the greatest cars on the face of the planet, they did not disappoint us! The new beast from Mercedes was originally unveiled on the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, but now days you just have to look around a bit and you will be sure to spot one of those, after all there is still people that have good taste and know what car to buy! Due to the cars high anticipation there ware shots of it leaked on the internet prior to its public unveiling, however that did not hurt the popularity of the exhibit at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new W212 body style is a killer and this car keeps getting better the more you look into it! First you see this sexy piece of machinery that just makes your heart skip a beat, then you look inside and you fall in love. Well then when you look at the price you pretty much don't believe it! The W212 E Class, that entered mass production in 2009 is actually cheaper then the W211 model that it was meant to replace! So let me make sure you got this right, the car is newer, sexier, comes with more features standard and is cheaper than its predecessor... Mercedes have gone mad! Somehow they managed to do it thou and it's a fact!

This is also the first year the luxury car manufacturer offers a BlueTEC sedan. In previous years there have been SUVs that offered the BlueTEC system, but no sedans. BlueTEC is a clean diesel system developed by Mercedes Benz. Like you will see in the video below the E350 BlueTEC has everything you would expect from a Mercedes and then some! So if you want to be friendlier towards the enviroment you dont have to sacrafice on the looks or performace of your whip ! Check out the video below for more details on the E350 BlueTEC!