by Rebecca Carter
Categories: Transport.

BMW Hydrogen 7Looks like high-profile celebrities will be the first ones to get their hands on this baby. It’s the BMW Hydrogen 7, and it’s ready for a limited test release next year. The only thing this baby emits into the air is water vapor. And you just might see Al Gore, Madonna, the Governator, or David Suzuki arriving to the red carpet in one of these bad boys soon.

BMW has taken a bit of a different spin on hydrogen in vehicles. According to Wired,

The automaker’s approach is markedly different than the more familiar concept of hydrogen-powered fuel cells, where energy is stored before it is converted into electricity. By contrast, BMW’s Hydrogen 7 is powered by pumping hydrogen into a combustion engine and igniting it. The engine can burn both hydrogen and gasoline, and switches between the two at the flick of a switch.

Burning hydrogen is more efficient than converting it into electricity, making it the more practical choice for hydrogen-fueled cars now, according to BMW.

The biggest issue with the car is that liquid hydrogen fuel is pretty tough to find, and to store for that matter, right now. So filling it up will probably be the toughest issue with this car. And if it easily can use gasoline…I wonder if we’ll really be able to know what these cars are running on.

Ecorazzi’s own Michael d’Estries recently asked when we’d start seeing something cooler and even greener than a Prius on the red carpet. I’m not sure if this is greener, but it’s probably cooler…and I bet we’ll be seeing it soon – at an LA hot spot near you.
Via – Wired & The Cleveland Leader

About Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter is the Co-Founder of Ecorazzi. Rebecca was recently featured in the book Hot, Rich, and Green. She is one of 70 eco-achievers featured in Glamour magazine in April 2009, named Best of Green 2010 by Miami Magazine and Best Environmentalist by Miami New Times Best of 2008. She's raising a couple of little boys in Miami and speaks English & Spanish. Find out more at Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @rebeccacarter

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  • Kevin

    The BMW Hydrogen 7 is a car that I bet celebrity publicists are jockeying for position right now to get their clients into. As the first luxury hydrogen automobile to go into production, there are going to be so many camera flashes popping to see who is getting out of this vehicle that BMW may have to reformulate its paint so that no fading occurs.

    In the later part of 2007, the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle will also roll out to 100 select customers, but I doubt the celebrity waiting line will be anywhere near as long as for the BMW Hydrogen 7.