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Check the Hyperion hydrogen-powered, all-electric XP-1

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When you take a first look at the Hyperion XP-1 you will automatically understand why their slogan is “Space technology for the road”.

California-based start-up Hyperion has unveiled its all new XP-1 which is a hydrogen powered, all electric hypercar with energy levels that Hyperion compares to an “atomic bomb”.

The US hydrogen-energy start-up states that in 2022, 300 “proton exchange membrane” fuel-cell-powered XP-1 hypercars will be built using hydrogen to generate electricity.

The XP-1 accelerates to 100kph in just under 2.2 seconds and has an average range of just over 1600 km on the tank, with a top speed of 356kph – impressive right?

A closer look at the Hyperion XP-1

The XP-1 is an electrical hypercar that uses hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity from its fuel cells and, according to the company, it took 10 years to develop the XP-1.

Hyperion is an energy company that sells hydrogen power as an alternative to the future and currently supplies NASA with its technology components.

The vehicle weighs 1000kgs and uses NASA-grade hydrogen fuel cells that have long been used to power space shuttles due to their light weight.

Its exotic design, which includes swing doors, draws its inspiration from the “Victory of Samothrace” sculpture and is made of carbon composite, titanium, aluminium and Kevlar.

What’s inside the XP-1?

Its interior is spectacular with an enormous 98-inch touchscreen display with gesture features, and a 134-inch glass canopy that can be dimmed.

It even has active aero parts that also act as solar panels!

The XP-1 powertrain has a three-speed transmission, electric motors and all-wheel drive.

Instead of having a battery, the XP-1 uses hydrogen and oxygen that goes into a carbon-fiber storage system, which then uses an ultra-capacitor to hit the fuel cells. The only emission that will come out of its futuristic exhaust system is water vapor.

The use of super capacitors helps with its overall weight because unlike the traditional lithium-ion batteries they are much lighter and smaller.

Hyperion uses Pirelli P-Zero tires and carbon-ceramic brakes, the tires being very familiar to this very futuristic hypercar.

Hyperion will develop its own infrastructure to combat the shortage of hydrogen fuel stations.