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“Replacement instead of charging”: this SUV runs on hydrogen capsules

Written by Daniel Andzhurov – June 02, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Isn't this the hydrogen revolution? The start-up Namx and the design studio Pininfarina present SUVs with replaceable capsules like cartridges for carbonated water! Paolo Pininfarina, manager of Pininfarina design company, personally revealed the secret. The Italian design studio from Turin has developed a revolutionary hydrogen SUV together with the French start-up Namx. Or at least the bosses of both companies find it sensational.

Pininfarina and Namx have been working on the project for four years. What is special about this SUV: in addition to a simple hydrogen tank, it also has six interchangeable hydrogen capsules. The technique is a bit like that of soda machines; "We call it the HUV, which means the Hydrogen Utility Vehicle," said Namx’s chief.

“With hydrogen as the fuel and the capsule solution, drivers are regaining the freedom of movement that an electric car can't offer,” according to Namx's manager. The total mileage of the fuel cell SUV is 800 kilometers, its creators promise.

The base version will have 300 hp, top speed 200 km/h and sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The dual-drive version is planned with 550 hp, 250 km/h top speed and a sprint of 4.5 seconds from still to 100 km/h.

Auto Trendy’s take:

Being in disruptive times where many investments are pointed towards environmentally friendly projects, it is usual to see innovative solutions such as hydrogen capsules to hold stored energy for vehicles. It is a very clever innovation, from our point of view, however, in order to see it becoming a reality, an estimated investment of 530 million euros will be required. So, we cannot do anything more than stay tuned and wait for the outcomes of the endeavor.

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