The French startup NamX presented a prototype of the hydrogen crossover HUV. It has been developed in cooperation with Pininfarina and will hit the market in 2025. The feature of the model is removable fuel “capsules”, which, according to the authors’ idea, will give more freedom and help introduce a new model of clean energy distribution. HUV will be offered in two versions: rear-wheel drive 300 hp and top-end 550 hp with all-wheel drive.
The NamX HUV is Pininfarina’s first physical show car designed entirely in a virtual environment. The design of the crossover cannot be called revolutionary. The only thing that can catch the eye is the numerous “sparkles” formed by the front and rear optics, as well as the kinks on the sides. The car is propelled by a hydrogen-powered propulsion system, with fuel in both a fixed tank and removable “capsules” (they are mounted on the stern) – and that is where the main bet is made.
Interchangeable fuel tanks are designed as part of the new energy distribution model. In addition, they are multifunctional, that is, in theory, can be used outside the car. The HUV is expected to hit the market in Q4 2025 and will be available in two versions.
The initial version is rear-wheel drive, 300 horsepower, acceleration to a hundred in 6.5 seconds, and a “maximum” of 200 kilometers per hour. For all-wheel-drive GTH 550 horsepower, acceleration to a “hundred” in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour are declared. The cruising range is up to 800 kilometers.
Apparently, the priority market for NamX HUV will be Europe. Their crossover is going to sell at a price of 65,000 to 95,000 euros.
The former employees of Matra Automotive and Renault, as well as a number of experts in the field of “green” energy and hydrogen systems, will help bring the model to serial production.