The African-European company NAMX has introduced a fuel cell SUV designed by Pininfarina and scheduled to be launched on the market in 2025. The highlight of the vehicle, called HUV, is hydrogen storage. NAMX’s patented technology combines a fixed hydrogen tank and six removable capsules as secondary tanks.
These cabinets were also a primary concern for Pininfarina, who had to design “from back to front,” as the glossy brochure explains. The Italian design house ensured the integration of the cabinets into the car. Drivers will be able to tow tanks from behind, at least the photos seem to suggest just as much.
Other data is still scarce. Looking at the photos again, the tanks appear the size of a tall violin case, or an estimated 60cm long and relatively thin. It was not clear from the advertisement how much hydrogen this capsule contained and how much extra range all six capsules might open. There is also no other information about the composite fuel cell.
However, the starter promises a range of up to 800 km. Given that fuel cell vehicles such as the Mirai and Nexo realistically consume about one kilogram of hydrogen per 100 kilometers, the HUV will likely carry around eight kilograms for a distance of 800 kilometers – not the 48 kilograms in the six capsules alone as other media has suggested. NAMX also plans to create a distribution network for its removable tanks, which will house CapX stores, according to NamX’s LinkedIn page.
Development is set to begin next year – an ambitious schedule because we’ve only seen performances so far. However, NAMX provided some additional data. There will be an entry-level rear-wheel drive version with a power of 224 kW, a top speed of 200 km / h and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds. The all-wheel drive HUV has a speed of 410 kW, a top speed of 250 km / h at 200 km / h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds.
Beyond that, Pininfarina revealed that it has worked with NAMX to ensure the HUV is a “next generation” vehicle but in touch with the past.
fascinated by science fiction, [NAMX Co-founder] Thomas de Lussac chose to give the car’s shape the cutting edge of the next era,” the company wrote.
The most striking design feature is the “X” shape that is molded into the chassis.
The price range is said to be between 65,000 and 95,000 euros, and NamX has opened an online pre-sale service.
The startup is led by a group of automotive industry veterans with expertise in companies such as Matra, Renault, and others. Development of the HUV is set to begin in 2023, and the NAMX will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show this fall.
Additional reporting by Sebastian Schaal.
Carscoops.com, pininfarina.it (pdf), namx.tech