The motoring world was supposed to be introduced to the Hyperion hydrogen-electric XP-1 supercar at this years New York Auto Show. Unfortunately, the Auto show was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This hasn’t stopped Hyperion from still showing off its electric supercar in a new video, and the final product is something to marvel at.
The hydrogen-electric XP-1 is expected to be released in early 2022 with a total number of 300 vehicles scheduled to be produced. What makes the The hydrogen-electric XP-1 stand out from other electric supercars is that instead of using a conventional lithium ion battery to power itself, it uses a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell to store energy, which is then connected to electric motors that drive all four wheels.
The body of the vehicle also makes use of specially designed “air blades” that provide both aerodynamic structures to help cornering at high-speed, and act as solar panels that change their position to track the movement of the sun.
In terms of performance, the hydrogen-electric XP-1 offers a maximum range of 1,609 kilometres and can reach 0-100km in under 2.2 seconds with a top speed of 354km/h.
“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.” Said Hyperion CEO Angelo Kafantaris in a statement.
Take a look at the launch of the hydrogen-electric XP-1 below:
Image credit: Hyperion