• Mar 15th 2008 at 2:52PM
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Actor Jason Bateman is finally get a decent set of wheels. After being relegated to the Bluth family's stair car, a scorched old Mercedes and his bicycle for two underwatched seasons on Arrested Development, Bateman is now getting one of BMW's Hydrogen 7s. Bateman is the latest in the list of celebrities to be loaned one of Munich's dual fuel hydrogen wonders. BMW has built about 100 of the Hydrogen 7 sedans that retain a V-12 engine but can run on either gasoline or liquid hydrogen. Since the car only has a range of about 100 miles on hydrogen, the gasoline option comes in handy.

[Source: BMW]


The Golden Globe Winner to be among the first Americans to hit the road in a BMW Hydrogen 7
Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Arrested Development star Jason Bateman received a new set of wheels. BMW announced that he is the latest person to receive the keys to a BMW Hydrogen 7 - the world's first hydrogen-powered luxury sedan. The BMW Hydrogen 7 melds the polished luxury of BMW's largest sedan with the virtually emission-free power of a hydrogen combustion engine.

The BMW Pioneer Program gives industry leaders and prominent figures in entertainment, politics and business a BMW Hydrogen 7 for their daily use as proof that hydrogen powered vehicles can be viable for everyday driving. Bateman is the newest member of a group that includes Will Ferrell, Jay Leno, Ed Norton, and Cameron Diaz, among others, to opt for a BMW Hydrogen 7 as their energy-efficient ride of choice.

"Driving in the H7 is like being in a time machine - a full size luxury time machine... with power windows," said Bateman. "And in the future people are smart; they pump water instead of gas! Hopefully someday soon I'll be able to buy one of these beautiful cars so I can get back to the future."

In addition to memorable roles in films like The Kingdom and Smokin' Aces, Bateman was most recently seen as Michael Loring in the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film, Juno, and will also be seen in this summer's action-comedy film Hancock.

Previously announced members of the BMW Hydrogen 7 Pioneer Program include Will Ferrell, Jay Leno, opera star Placido Domingo, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Oscar® Award-winning producer Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth"), and famed director Steve Gaghan, among others. The vehicle has also made an impact oversees, with luminaries such as Michael Glos, German Federal Minister for Economy and Technology, and Günter Verheugen, Vice President of the European Commission, and many others.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Three, that's three underwatched seasons.
      Unless the writer feels that one of the seasons were watched by the mass public.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sure miss Arrested Development. Didn't miss an episode.

      I must admit, it is kind of a toss-up as to which gets worse fuel milage, the BMW Hydrogen 7 or the Stair truck. Also a toss-up as to which had more trunk space, the burned out Mercedes with the big rock stuck in the back, or the BMW Hydrogen 7 with the 30 gallon liquid H2 tank.
      • 7 Years Ago
      SPG, my mistake, I actually watched them all on dvd and lost track
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll miss the "Stair Car" from Arrested Development. It should go to the Smithsonium. Along with the brilliant series "Arrested Development".
      You go Jason & happy motoring ! :-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      When is BMW going to give me a free car? I'll even let AutoblogGreen take my picture.

      What a load of bs...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah, yes, hydrogen. The perfect fuel for people who can freely spend other people's money, or who have money to burn.

      "Since the car only has a range of about 100 miles on hydrogen, the gasoline option comes in handy."

      I would be surprised if the BMW7 burns more than one tank of H2 in its lifetime.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least in a BMW he won't have to watch out for hop-ons.
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