Mysterious Hydrogen Hypercar to Be Presented in New York

The project is hyper-secret: access to information is strictly limited.

Another electric startup from California is ready to enter the world of hydrogen fuel cell cars, which is ruled by Toyota and Hyundai.

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To date, we know about Hyperion Motors only what the company published on LinkedIn. That's not much. Founded in 2011, the company has been operating in the automotive industry, specializing in fuel cells and hydrogen. Hyperion Motors is based in Orange (California) and employs about 200 people.

The company's website discloses no more. Several high-profile statements promise “hydrogen power”, “high performance”, “zero emissions”, and “space-age technologies”. The “top secret” label will soon be removed from the project at the New York auto show, which opens on April 10. In the meantime, you will have to strain your eyes, peering at the dark outlines of the car in the teasers.

Toyota and Hyundai have the largest commercial success among hydrogen electric vehicles today. The Japanese company has recently introduced the second-generation Mirai, and the Korean manufacturer sells the fuel cell NEXO and ix35. Nikola’s hydrogen trucks will soon be driving on European roads. But there are no cars with superpowers yet – supercars or hypercars with a hydrogen powertrain.

Several attempts to make a similar car were made earlier. So, in 2016, Pininfarina, in partnership with GreenGT, presented the H2 Speed in Geneva. The hydrogen coupe with two electric motors and a 20 ampere-hour battery (400 volts) had an estimated power of 503 hp and accelerated to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. Turning into an independent car brand, Automobili Pininfarina has announced its intention to release 12 copies of the H2 Speed with a 653-hp powertrain.

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