Written by Kfir Kedem - August 31, 2020
Edited by Asaf Kedem
Supercapacitors have always been known as a great tool to store energy. They have an extremely quick charge/discharge time, which is perfect for when bursts of energy are needed, such as with regenerative braking. Auto Trendy has also discussed countless times the benefits of hydrogen fuel cells and their advantages over batteries.
Hyperion are a California based company that have been researching energy technologies and have already supplied other firms such as NASA with their hydrogen propulsion systems. They have announced their own car, the Hyperion XP-1. The XP-1 will be an all-wheel-drive hypercar that features a hybrid of hydrogen fuel cell and supercapacitors. The regenerative braking energy will be stored in the supercapacitors and used to feed additional energy to the car’s electrical systems.
Hyperion plans to start production of the XP-1 in 2022 and will only build 300 units. They have also added some friendly features to the interior such as gesture control for the infotainment system.
Auto Trendy’s take:
Supercapacitors are much lighter than traditional batteries. As the car is much lighter, due to the lack of batteries, it is able to use its energy much more efficiently, which will automatically result in a higher driving range. It seems that Hyperion are looking to make the hypercar as efficient as possible with hydrogen fuel cells charging within minutes and supercapacitors within milliseconds; they are proving that there is no need for heavy batteries in cars.