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EU to test hydrogen 7 'to see if it works'

Published Jun 6, 2007


Brussels, Belgium - The European Commission has taken the EU's push on climate change to heart and is testing a BMW that runs on pure hydrogen.

The car, supplied by BMW from a production run of about 100, will be driven "for a few months, six months maximum" to "see if it works".

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A spokesman said the commission had made no commitment to buy any of the Series 7 BMW. Only one hydrogen fuelling station has been built in Brussels.

The spokesman, Max Strotmann, added that the commission had already tested a bio-fuel Saab.

EU leaders pledged in March to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels. The European Parliament said in May that it was looking at ways to reduce its own emissions, including perhaps a fleet of cleaner vehicles.

EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas's work car is a Toyota Prius while commission vice-president Siim Kallas rides a bicycle.

Commission resident Jose Manuel Barroso, however, drives a 4x4 because "I don't mix my private life and public policy". - AFP

  • can save the commission a lot of work. We drove the hydrogen-fuelled Seven in Germany some time ago and can tell Strotmann that it works, and it works beautifully. Now perhaps the commission can get on with something constructive and useful?

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