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Plastic Omnium has unveiled a partnership with Hopium, the French hydrogen car manufacturer, to develop a hydrogen storage system for the future Hopium Māchina.

The vehicle, first announced in October, 2020, aims to be the first French hydrogen-powered sedan on the market in 2026.

The Māchina prototype is due to be unveiled in June, 2021. It will be equipped with a 700-bar Type IV vessel made by Plastic Omnium in its Herentals plant (Belgium), which has been operational since autumn, 2020.

Building on this initial collaboration, Hopium and Plastic Omnium have established a partnership to develop the Hopium Māchina hydrogen storage system for the production series. Based on almost 40 patents and a range of in-house developed, certified hydrogen storage vessels, Plastic Omnium will provide Hopium with a prototype high-pressure Type IV hydrogen vessel for testing.

This new generation will be integrated into the vehicle chassis, enabling Hopium to maximise the quantity of hydrogen stored and achieve its 1,000km target range.

“With Hopium, we are convinced of hydrogen’s major role in tomorrow’s sustainable mobility,” said Plastic Omnium CEO, Laurent Favre.

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