A California-based company Hyperion, has unveiled a hydrogen-powered supercar called the XP-1. According to the CEO the Hyperion XP-1’s main purpose is to generate interest in hydrogen power.
- 0-60 in 2.2 seconds powered by all-wheel-drive electric motors generating more than 1,000 horsepower.
- Hydrogen being a gas is a lot lighter than batteries, leading to a better power to weight ratio.
- Fuel cells in the XP-1 provide 1000 mile range per tank of hydrogen.
- Fuel cells generate energy by combining Hydrogen (H) and Oxygen (O) from the air outside creating energy and H2O aka water. That’s right the only emission is steam.
Hyperion isn’t the only company that’s getting on the hydrogen bandwagon. Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and General Motors all have manufactured and sell hydrogen fueled vehicles.
Only recently has hydrogen gained more acceptance with the help of a start the startup Nikola who plans to sell hydrogen-powered semis and pickup trucks.
The biggest challenge facing hydrogen powered vehicles today is the infrastructure for refueling, compared to gas and electric cars there’s just not as many locations to refuel.