BMW today announced that Jay Leno became the latest person to receive keys to a BMW Hydrogen 7 — the first hydrogen-powered luxury sedan. The Emmy-winning comedian and host of The Tonight Show received his BMW Hydrogen 7 at his famed car garage in Burbank, California, which is fittingly a “green garage” that receives a great deal of its energy from steam power.
“As an avid car enthusiast I’m always interested in the future of automotive technology.
“With the BMW Hydrogen 7 I can experience all the fun and great features of a performance car, yet know that I’m being environmentally friendly at the same time.
“I look forward to driving the Hydrogen 7 and learning more about hydrogen as a fuel for our future,” said Leno.
In his “green garage,” Leno uses giant steam and natural gas engines from the 19th century to effectively reduce his energy needs — transforming his garage into a self-sufficient power station.
According to Leno, there is no reason why a garage full of old cars can’t be environmentally responsible, even if it means having to go back more than a century for the technology.
Working with expert consultants in a variety of fields to analyze his garage’s energy use and devise alternative energy systems, Leno is committed to upgrading his nearly 20,000-sq.-ft. garage with the latest environmentally friendly shop equipment and products.
Running in hydrogen mode, the BMW Hydrogen 7 essentially emits nothing but water vapor, representing a major step in reducing harmful CO2 emissions.
It is not a concept car, but a production model vehicle that has successfully completed the entire Product Development Process.
While the BMW Hydrogen 7 is not for sale, it is considered to be a milestone in bringing forward hydrogen as the sustainable fuel for individual transportation.
BMW believes that hydrogen will replace petroleum as the long-term alternative to fossil fuel, and hopes the Hydrogen 7 will play a pioneering role in driving forward the hydrogen technologies that will ensure our mobility in the future.
Through a program dubbed the Hydrogen 7 Pioneers Program, BMW is giving industry leaders and prominent figures in entertainment, politics, business and more a BMW Hydrogen 7 for their daily use.
The hydrogen pioneers will be instrumental in helping people understand that hydrogen technology is here, it is now and it is what BMW Group believe holds the key to our future mobility.
By harnessing the power and influence of individuals who, like Leno, are at the forefront of their respective disciplines, BMW hopes to continue to generate support of hydrogen-drive vehicles in the short term and stimulate demand for a viable hydrogen infrastructure in the long-term.
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