Here's a little thing I stumbled across at the BMW Press site the other
day that ought to please the environmentally friendly star watchers, or
the watchers of the environmentally friendly stars (whichever you
happen to be): The eco-friendly Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie showed up
at last week's Los Angeles premiere of "Ocean's 13" in a BMW H7 - the
world's first hydrogen-powered luxury sedan.
For those who are curious about the trendsetting car the pair were driving, when running in the hydrogen mode, the BMW Hydrogen 7 essentially emits nothing but water vapor. BMW claims it is a "milestone in achieving a new standard of mobility free of pollutants and with full sustainability."
Launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2006, the BMW H7 boasts complete integration of hydrogen power technology, along with the driving dynamics and wide range of premium comfort features typical of a BMW. The car is being built in a limited series in Europe and was promised to be available in the U.S. and other countries by selected users in 2007. Looks like Brad and Angie got the first one.
Under the hood, the vehicle is powered by a dual-mode combustion engine capable of running either on hydrogen or gasoline for a long cruising range , based on BMW's 12-cylinder 6.0-liter gasoline engine featuring 260-horsepower, acceleration to 62 mph in 9.5 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 143 mph.
Its hydrogen tank accommodates approximately 18 pounds of liquid hydrogen along with a 16-gallon gasoline tank. Altogether, the super-couple should be able to travel more than 125 miles on hydrogen plus another 310 miles on gasoline, with three of their four children seated comfortably in the back seat.
A price for the BMW has not been released.
By Brandy Schaffels