Hyperion, a Southern California technology company specialising in hydrogen generation, storage and propulsion, has unveiled the XP-1 prototype hydrogen fuel cell powered supercar via video.
Hyperion says its 'inaugural' vehicle is the culmination of nearly 10 years of development, testing, and research in hydrogen technology by over 200 researchers and scientists.
Aimed at eliminating range anxiety compared to other electrics, the XP-1 features a 1,000-mile range and it is claimed that thanks to hydrogen storage technology within the vehicle, the XP-1 can be recharged in less than five minutes at public stations.
The vehicle stores electric energy via fuel cell systems.
"The XP-1 was partially designed to function as an educational tool for the masses. Aerospace engineers have long understood the advantages of hydrogen as the most abundant, lightest element in the universe and now, with this vehicle, consumers will experience its extraordinary value proposition," said Angelo Kafantaris, Hyperion CEO and founding member. "This is only the beginning of what can be achieved with hydrogen as an energy storage medium. The potential of this fuel is limitless and will revolutionize the energy sector."
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The XP-1's hydrogen fuel cell provides electric energy to all four wheels via powerful motors. Hyperion says the XP-1 is capable of reaching 0-60 mph in under 2.2 seconds. Since this zero emissions system also eliminates the need for heavy batteries, acceleration, braking, handling and powertrain efficiency are vastly improved when compared to traditional electric and hybrid vehicles.
The supercar also utilizes active aerodynamics structures which envelope each side of the vehicle to improve cornering at high speeds. Additionally, these elements double as solar panels, which can articulate to follow the trajectory of the sun.
The company says the Hyperion XP-1 will be produced in the United States beginning in 2022. In addition to the XP-1 prototype, Hyperion says it will soon "provide additional information regarding the company's plan to revolutionize the hydrogen refueling industry".
Hyperion is a technology company that consists of three divisions, Hyperion Energy, Hyperion Motors, and Hyperion Aerospace – all focused on hydrogen-based power and delivery. It is based in Orange, California.