Sunday, July 3

Meet the new French electric Hopium Machina 2025 | Digital Trends Spanish

If you’ve never heard of Hopium Don’t feel bad, this new French automaker was barely established in 2019, and it wasn’t until October 2020 that it announced its intention to produce a high-development electric luxury sedan powered by a hydrogen cell.

Just eight months after that announcement, Hopium shows us the first images of the MachinaA beautiful, sleek, sports-inspired sedan you hope to break into the fledgling market for power-cell vehicles.

Hopium estimates that the Machina will be capable of more than 500 horsepower, and will be able to offer a range of more than 1,000 km (620 miles) with its two full liquid hydrogen tanks.

The brand claims to have carried out fuel cell validation tests, both on the track and on a test bench, on the first prototype made of the Machina, which it refers to as Alpha 0. The vehicle managed to exceed 230 km / h ( 143 mph) which puts it almost on par with the performance the manufacturer aims to achieve once the Machina hits the market.

Such was the success of the tests that Hopium felt confident enough to begin taking orders for the first 1,000 units of the Machina, which will be numbered and can be reserved each for the modest sum of € 410, the equivalent of 488 Dollars. Things will become less accessible when paying for the vehicle, which is expected to have a price close to € 120,000, or $ 143,000. But you won’t have to worry about that until 2025 when the first deliveries are made.

Hopium’s founder is racing driver Olivier Lombard, the LMP2 class winner at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, making him the youngest Le Mans winner in the legendary circuit’s history.

The first buyers of the Machina will be pioneers of a promising technology that allows an electric car, just by filling its tanks with liquid hydrogen, to generate its own electrical energy, eliminating the need for a heavy battery to store it, which it would be as practical as gasoline cars if a hydrogen distribution infrastructure similar to fossil fuels existed.

Honda, Toyota and Hyundai currently produce and market fuel cell cars in California and their home markets, and Land Rover recently announced that it was building a prototype of its Defender SUV to test the technology. With more manufacturers exploring the possibility of adopting fuel cell technology, the global liquid hydrogen distribution network is likely to grow faster than we imagine.

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