BMW Hydrogen Hybrid caught testing

Although BMW is well known for its environmentally friendly EfficientDynamics range and to a lesser extent it's soon-to-arrive ActiveHybrid models, the German company is also working on Hydrogen vehicles. This morning we were sent photos of a modified front-wheel drive 1 Series being used as a test car.
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The hydrogen hybrid drivetrain is currently under development and it will most likely be used in the upcoming generation of front-wheel drive BMWs and perhaps even seen in the next generation Mini.

The idea behind the system is rather simple. It combines a traditional front-wheel drive setup with a hydrogen fuel cell, electricity-storing super-capacitors and an electrically driven rear axle.

BMW tested a fleet of 7 Series hydrogen vehicles some time ago but the system seen here appears to be an evolution of that technology.

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