BMW Using 1-Series ActiveE to Test New Fuel Powertrain

Along with the recently introduced BMW ActiveE 1-Series, it appears the Bavarian automaker has also been working on a new fuel cell powered vehicle as well. If all goes according to plan, we could see it on the streets within a few years.

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While the details are still limited, we do know that most of the power will come from a petroleum engine being assisted by a 110 horsepower electric motor. Power for the electric motor will be generated by a small, about 7 horsepower, hydrogen fuel cell.

When cruising at low speeds, the petroleum engine remains inactive, allowing the fuel cell and electric motor to do the work. If you need to pick up the pace, the petro-powerplant can be called upon to crank the front wheels and get you moving faster.

Both the electric motor and its internal combustion counterpart can be used simultaneously to provide a quick burst of acceleration.

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Testing is currently being done on a modified 1-Series, which will likely continue for quite some time. BMW has no official plans of giving the production order to the system, but they have said it could be implemented by 2014 if they decide to do so.

Automobile Mag