We all know car manufacturers are always searching for the next best thing in terms of speed, power and performance. With fossil fuels slowly becoming a depleted resource, new alternatives to power the automotive machines that have roamed the earth with us since 1886 are in development. Specialised firms including Rimac have gone into using electric batteries to keep the speed machines of today alive for tomorrow, and well-known manufacturers including Lamborghini have diverted into sci-fi like options of implementing superconductor technology to power their angry bulls. This time it is the turn of Hyperion, a new American start-up manufacturer based in California that will be unveiled to us their latest and most anticipated Hyperion XP-1 in August.
Not much is known about the XP-1 but what’s been passed onto us is that it will be a hydrogen-powered supercar. You read that correctly a world-first Hydrogen-poweredhydrogen supercar that has been worked in collaboration with NASA and features a NASA derived drivetrain technology. The advantage of using hydrogen fuel cells is not only will it be a greater alternative to petrol and diesel cars, but it will also be superior in the categories of practicality and range than opposed to electric powered supercars like Rimac and NIO.
“The XP-1 features a high-performance, zero-emissions hydrogen-electric powertrain combined with technology directly derived from some of the world’s leading aeronautical, engineering firms, and space agencies. When combined, these technologies allow the XP-1 to outperform modern sports cars while boasting unprecedented range, refuelling time, endurance, and recyclability; especially when compared to today’s battery-electric vehicles.”
In recent years hydrogen has received more attention in the media than battery-powered vehicles; it has been the big thing in the car industry over the past years. The major flaw with hydrogen is the harnessing of pure hydrogen and then converting it into fuel for car use, the impact of cost, the procedure and developments in infrastructure also raise the same concerns as with battery power. Is it the future and will it be sustainable?
One thing I can say for sure though, the experimenting and expanding of other forms of energy to power cars ensure that the concepts of the automobile remain alive ready for the world of tomorrow and not just lost in the pages of time. However, I think we are still several decades if not lifetimes away from finding a long-lasting, reliable and cost-effective method of fuel. This though is a step in the right direction, and the more automotive manufacturers there are out there working together, coming together and experimenting with different forms of fuel will ensure that the speed machines will forever keep on existing on the road.