BMW Hydrogen 7 Review

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Although it’s a regular production vehicle, albeit one with limited production (only 100 Hydrogen 7ers were manufactured), BMW didn’t sell the car.  Rather, it loaned the vehicles to individuals in the worlds of government, academia, and business.

The first person to receive a Hydrogen 7 was Michael Glos, Germany’s minister for science and technology.  The next pioneer was Günter Verheugen, the vice president of the EU Commission.  Other Hydrogen 7 drivers include Christian Ude, Munich’s Oberbürgermeister (mayor), Dr. Wilhelm Bender, chairman of Fraport, and Stuart Rose, the CEO of Marks and Spencer.

Celebrities have gotten into the act as well.  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived at the premiere of Ocean’s Thirteen in a Hydrogen 7;  Richard Gere and Sharon Stone used one for transport at the Cinema for Peace gala in Berlin; and several Oscar winners, including Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, whose film Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) won the Oscar for best foreign film in 2007, arrived at the awards ceremony in one as well.

Car fanatic and entertainer Jay Leno drove a Hydrogen 7er for a few months. Leno, who owns a substantial collection of automobiles, is known for his 20,000-square-foot “green garage” in Burbank, California, where he uses giant steam and natural gas engines from the 19th century to supply power.  Click here to continue to page 4.

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