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2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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BMW ActiveHybrid X6 - Click above for high-res image gallery

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BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

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BMW is expected to roll out the production version of its new 755ih hybrid luxury sedan later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. With little to differentiate the new gas-saving 7 Series from the rest of the German automaker's thirstier 7s, it's not surprising that the vehicle has been spotted out an about on European roadways with absolutely zero camouflage. The only way to tell it's a hybrid are small HYBRID Erprobungsfahrzeug (HYBRID Vehicle Testing) badges.

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BMW ActiveHybrids - Click above for an image gallery

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BMW 7-Series ActiveHybrid - click above for a high-res gallery

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Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2009 BMW 7 Series

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 BMW 750i

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BMW's upcoming 7 Series ActiveHybrid (where do they come up with these names, anyway?) will use a 120 volt lithium ion battery pack that will be supplied by Johnson Controls-Saft. That battery will be assembled at the Johnson Controls-Saft production facility in Nersac, France. BMW will place the lithium ion battery in the trunk, while a BMW standard-fare 12 volt Absorbent Glass Mat battery will reside under its hood. This is the same heavy duty battery already used in BMWs with brake energy reg

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click for a high-res gallery of the BMW 7 series hybrid

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When BMW launches a hybrid version of the new 7-series sedan next year it looks like it will probably use the same Two-Mode hybrid system going into the X6 crossover. That configuration mates the hybrid transmission with the twin-turbocharged 4.4L V-8 that also debuted this spring in the X6. If Britain's CAR magazine is right, this may also be the first of the Two-Mode hybrids to use a lithium ion battery. All the existing Two-Modes from GM and Chrysler are still using nickel metal hydride. One

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