Edited by DONNA BALANCIA
Hyperion, a company specializing in hydrogen generation, storage and propulsion based in Orange, Calif., has unveiled its out-of-this-world XP-1 prototype.
The XP-1 vehicle is the result of 10 years of development and research in hydrogen technology by more than 200 researchers and scientists. It will be produced in the United States and available in 2022, the company said.
The vehicle features a 1,000-mile range, allowing drivers the freedom to travel long distances with peace of mind. The XP-1 can be recharged in less than five minutes at public stations. Extra weight is cut as the vehicle stores electric energy via fuel cell systems and not heavy lithium ion batteries.
“The XP-1 was partially designed to function as an educational tool for the masses,” said Angelo Kafantaris, CEO of Hyperion. “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. 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.”
The XP-1’s hydrogen fuel cell provides electric energy to all four wheels via motors. Due to its near instantaneous power delivery and lightweight design, the XP-1 can go from 0-60 mph in under 2.2 seconds.
Temperature extremes are not an issue with the XP-1, providing an important feature compared with battery electric vehicles which need temperature maintenance.
The futuristic vehicle uses aerodynamic structures wrapping the sides of the vehicle to improve cornering at high speeds. The elements double as solar panels, which can articulate to follow the trajectory of the sun.
Hyperion’s XP-1 uses technology from some of the world’s leading aeronautical, engineering firms, and space agencies, including NASA.
The Hyperion XP-1 will be produced in the United States beginning in 2022. Hyperion will soon provide additional information regarding the company’s plan to revolutionize the hydrogen refueling industry.