BMW at its U. S. corporate home at Woodcliff Lake, N.J., has decided to open its own hydrogen fueling station. Hydrogen fuel cell cars are talked about so often that one can easily forget that not all hydrogen cars have fuel cells.
Take for instance the BMW Hydrogen 7 dual fuel vehicle that has an internal combustion engine that can be powered by either gasoline or hydrogen with the flip of a switch. And, while it’s true that in some parts of the country, hydrogen fueling stations are more plentiful than New Jersey (California that has 26) it is also true that the BMW Hydrogen 7 cannot just pull in and fuel up at any old H2 fueling station.
The BMW Hydrogen 7 uses liquid hydrogen fuel stored inside a cryogenic tank. This means the vehicle is limited in the U. S. as to where it may find liquid hydrogen for refueling. BMW is building the liquid hydrogen fueling station at its headquarters in New Jersey to help test its fleet of Hydrogen 7 vehicles in the area.
When BMW loans its million dollar car to a Million Dollar Baby such as Hilary Swank, it needs to know that celebrities and other notables won’t be calling AAA or other roadside assistance. According to the National Hydrogen Association website this will be the first hydrogen fueling station opened in New Jersey.