- Photo credits Hopium

Say hello to the Hopium Machina, the first hydrogen luxury sedan

The limousine will arrive in 2026

31w ago

If the future seems to be on the side of electric cars, hydrogen vehicles will also have their card to play in a not so distant future. Still very expensive, this technology should already benefit heavy vehicles such as trucks and buses. Some cars could also receive this energy.

This will be the case for luxury cars. With a hydrogen powertrain, these vehicles will offer greater comfort of use than electric cars thanks to a greater range and necessarily much shorter charging times. The Hopium Machina claims to be the initiator of this new category.

Hopium is a young French car brand created by the racing driver Olivier Lombard. The first images show a dynamic sedan with a particularly racy and fluid style. The front end is characterized by its highly original headlights, which are also reminiscent of Lexus.

The profile has marked curves as well as a low roof line that visually reinforces the dynamic character of the car. On the technical side, the Machina offers a 500 PS motor and a range of 620 mi (1000 km). Nevertheless, you will have to be patient because production of the car will not start until 2026 in France.

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Comments (19)

  • Wow

      7 months ago
  • It has a vibe like ‘if Lexus did a concept car’! It’d look like this.

      7 months ago
  • Elon Musk said, during the recent 'battery day', " building a prototype is easy. Putting it into production is orders of magnitude more difficult." If anyone should know, it'd be Tesla... they build a vehicle the like of which didn't even exist in our imagination ten years ago. Those of you who did physics at school, will know that when you convert energy from one form to another, it uses energy to do so. The fewer processes between the source of the energy and the outcome dictates the level of efficiency. EVs are amongst the absolutely most efficient ways of turning sunshine and wind into driving a car along. Add in the conversion of water into oxygen and hydrogen and you lose a huge percentage of the applied energy. It's irrecoverable, even by recombining the two gasses and creating electricity. Then you have the vehicle itself. Not only do you have the electric drive train, you have batteries to give instant acceleration as well as hydrogen tanks and the hydrogen/electric convertor to drag around. The conversion rate is too slow to provide better than modest acceleration (because, physics) which is why you need a battery pack for instant oomph. Why bother? You might as well carry a tender full of coal to boil gallons of water to drive a steam turbine that generates electricity to run your electric motors. The whole idea is frankly ridiculous, pointless and a technical dead end for but a very few technical solutions in heavy industrial applications. May I refer you to this? You may want to fast-forward past the annual financial statements, etc, and just watch the battery tech bit. Keep in mind this is only about batteries, not all the other stuff this company and associated companies are involved in. www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6T9xIeZTds

      7 months ago
  • This is probably the only niche for hydrogen. The issues that make it unsuitable for passengers cars are multiplied in heavy vehicles so they are out too.

    Hydrogen is not the future of ground transport. It just costs too much.

    Further, Hydrogen has yet to demonstrate a higher range and modestly faster “charging” times are limited by low availability and you will probably never be allowed to fuel at home as hydrogen infrastructure has a history of explosions.

    This is why BEVs are they future of ground transport.

      7 months ago
  • Blaaaaaanddddddd

      7 months ago