Automotive startup NAMX today unveiled a concept version of its first car. The hydrogen-powered SUV is being described as an “HUV” featuring exclusive new technology and Pininfarina design.
As such, the production version of the car is still a few years away and will not hit the market until 2025. NAMX says, though, that it will initially be offered in two trim levels.
The first, an entry-level model, will be rear-wheel-drive and will produce 296 hp (224 kW / 300 PS). It should be able to run at 62 mph (100 km / h) in 6.5 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 124 mph (200 km / h).
The GTH version, meanwhile, will get four-wheel-drive and 542 hp (410 kW / 550 PS). It will be able to reach a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km / h) and hit 62 mph (100 km / h) in 4.5 seconds. These models will be priced around € 65,000 to € 95,000 (বিনি 68,410 to $ 99,984 USD at current exchange rates), none of which sound particularly revolutionary.
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The real party trick of HUVs goes deep into the gut of the car, where fuel storage is concerned. NAMX’s patented technology combines a stationary hydrogen tank and six additional removable capsules to be used as a secondary tank. The startup promises that it will give the car a range of 497 miles (800 kilometers). It wants to create a distribution network for its removable capsules.
These tanks were an initial concern for Pininfarina, who had to make sure that their use was integrated into vehicle design. Outside of that, though, Pininfarina reveals that it has worked with NAMX to ensure that the HUV is a “next-generation” vehicle that does not lose contact with the past.
“Fascinated by science fiction, [NAMX Co-founder] Thomas de Lusak chose to give the car shape the cutting edge of the next era, “the company wrote in a release.” It goes against the current, smooth, conventional design. “
With the help of Pininfarina, the automotive startup is being run by experienced automotive industry veterans at companies like Matra, Renault and many more. HUV’s development is set to begin in 2023, and HUV will make its physical debut at the Paris Auto Show this fall.