Hopium (a French auto company that aim to produce high-end hydrogen cars) today has unveiled its very first rolling fuel cell sedan prototype during the Viva Technology week in Paris, France.
The unveiling of Alpha 0 is a key step in Hopium’s roadmap and dedication to producing fuel cell cars. To serve the commitments, it has now opened an order book for the first 1,000 units of Hopium Machina, whose reservation price is set at € 410.
The order book also shows the company future direction, aiming to produce Hopium Machina on an industrial scale, with a new rendezvous expected in the first quarter of 2022.
Since its announcement in October 2020, Hopium produced Alpha 0 in the Linas-Montlhéry test workshop. The prototype has been evaluated and perfected through bench and track tests.
Last month, Hopium partnered with Plastic Omnium to develop the hydrogen storage system for the future Hopium Machina. The car will be equipped with a 700-bar Type IV vessel made by Plastic Omnium in its Herentals plant (Belgium), which is operational since fall 2020. This will help Hopium maximize the quantity of hydrogen stored and achieve its ambitious 1,000 km target range.
The fuel cell system which integrates the stacks and balance of the plant generates the electricity
needed to power the vehicle. The batteries, whose volume has been reduced as much as possible while
maintaining optimal efficiency, contributes to Māchina’s performances. The emblem of Hopium is in line with hydrogen and the movement of waves on the surface of the water.