Angelo Kafantaris isn’t an automaker. And Hyperion isn’t a automobile firm. But, the southern California-based outfit led by the Warren native has debuted the XP-1, its hydrogen / electric-powered supercar.
A bit peculiar, however applicable given his imaginative and prescient for the tech firm.
The automobile the corporate touts has a 1,000-mile vary, can go 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds with a high pace of 220 mph and has zero emissions is the car Kafantaris and Hyperion will use to unfold a better message: the advantages of hydrogen-based energy.
The journey began in 2011 in Columbus with the conviction to fill a niche within the inexperienced vitality sector — hydrogen energy and supply — with a deal with hydrogen charging stations, considering, Kafantaris stated, an automaker would facilitate bringing a hydrogen gasoline cell automobile to market.
By 2015, Hyperion had set its sights on constructing its personal car “to essentially inform the story of why hydrogen,” and moved the operation to Orange, Calif., to start the automotive division.
“That was what we felt was essential to inform that story. In that story, the principle constructing blocks of that story, is the nice issues that hydrogen can do consultant on this automobile, beginning in fact, with this superb vary,” Kafantaris stated.
Hyperion deliberate to debut the automobile publicly in April on the New York Worldwide Auto Present, however the viral outbreak brought on organizers of the exhibition to scrap this yr’s occasion, so Hyperion did the following smartest thing — unveiled the prototype on-line, the end result of 10 years of growth, testing and analysis into hydrogen expertise.
The 1,000-mile vary screams the “potential of this expertise” and obliterates vary nervousness, the worry an electrical car’s battery doesn’t have sufficient cost to get to the place it must go. It’s like working out of fuel and not using a station in sight.
The XP-1 shops electrical vitality in gasoline cell programs, not lithium ion batteries present in different electrical automobiles, decreasing its weight and the recharge time to lower than 5 minutes, and extends battery life.
Its development makes use of a number of the most superior expertise on the earth, together with spaceflight expertise from NASA to make use of in industrial functions. The XP-1 has titanium bolstered composite bodywork and carbon titanium monocoque, which means the physique is integral with the chassis.
It weighs about 2,275 kilos.
The inside incorporates a 98-inch display, touch-free gesture management for the middle console and 134-inch wrap-around glass cover with privateness tint management. And, the XP-1 has v-wing doorways.
Manufacturing is about for 2022. 300 will likely be made initially.
“We constructed this automobile to inform a narrative,” Kafantaris, 36, stated. “The primary chapter is why hydrogen, why it’s so thrilling. The subsequent chapter is how we make this occur. The third and forthcoming chapters are all of the alternative ways we are able to put hydrogen in different forms of merchandise, particularly in aerospace.”
It’s price will likely be introduced later, however will likely be similar to different automobiles in its class.
“Greenback for greenback, you’ll by no means have the ability to purchase a extra superior piece of automotive expertise for what we’re going to promote it for,” Kafantaris stated. “It nonetheless means it’s going to be excessive price. You’re principally shopping for a spaceship right here with this car, like aerospace development.”
Kafantaris stated the automobile will likely be constructed within the U.S., ideally within the Midwest. The corporate regarded for a web site in three states and has a web site chosen, however just isn’t able to announce the place simply but. The house is much less an area to construct 300 automobiles and extra “an area to construct our whole product line over the following 25 to 30 years.”
It can home car manufacturing, which Kafantaris sees increasing to wider client automobiles, charging stations and aerospace functions.
The XP-1 was made to take Hyperion to its remaining vacation spot — revolutionizing the transportation trade by hydrogen.
The corporate’s main focus is on hydrogen gasoline stations. It has a plan in place to attach the U.S. coast to coast with stations that might cheaply promote the gasoline that Kafantaris stated is “essentially the most environment friendly and low price solution to get round.”
It’s a continuation of the story Hyperion is telling, “from why hydrogen to how hydrogen,” Kafantaris stated.
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