Hyperion XP-1 Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Supercar Prototype Test Drives in Las Vegas
- on January 19, 2021
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Last year, Hyperion - a hydrogen technology firm – showed us a supercar featuring a hydrogen-electric powertrain. They named it XP-1, and although the idea behind its introduction was to showcase Hyperion's hydrogen propulsion tech, the vehicle is presently moving fast toward its production.
The company recently showed us a prototype running in Las Vegas, which gives us the first look of pre-production ready XP-1.
When Hyperion introduced the hydrogen-electric supercar last year, they told us that they would initiate production at the start of 2022. While such a quick production start seems highly unlikely, you should know the company basically initiated work on the project and technology a decade ago.
The Hyperion XP-1 is a zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell car, just like Toyota Mirai. Of course, it will be super fast due to its built nature and powertrain. For starters, a hydrogen car stores energy in the shape of hydrogen rather than in the battery cells.
While the company did not reveal the powertrain details, they told us the supercar would be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 220 mph. The range is exceptional at 1,000 miles on a full hydrogen tank.
To feed its supercar the much-needed hydrogen, the company needs a big hydrogen fuel stations network. That will not be an issue since the startup owns an Energy branch, which will provide hydrogen throughout the U.S. However, we have no idea how they will do it.
While the company is on its way to start production soon, we do not know when it will hit the roads. When it does, it will come in limited numbers. Hyperion plans to develop just 300 units of the XP-1.