This mobile charging station is solar-powered and can charge EVs, too.
Hyperion Motors, the Californian automotive startup behind the XP-1 hydrogen hypercar, has unveiled a charging station its CEO describes as a "scalable solution to power our growing needs."
According to the company, the Hyper:Fuel Mobile Stations can produce hydrogen on-site via water electrolysis. Thanks to a solar panel-tiled roof, the futuristic-looking station can generate green hydrogen with electricity gleaned from the sun.
The design of the Hyper:Fuel addresses another concern. The mobilized charging station can be deployed anywhere, allowing for the swift implementation of hydrogen stations. Due to the timeous construction process and other timeous complexities, there are few places for hydrogen-powered cars to refuel.
According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, only 54 hydrogen fuel stations exist in the USA.
There's another benefit to the roof-mounted solar panels, though. Not only can they power the charging station in the event of a power failure, but Hyperion claims the Hyper:Fuel station can also charge battery electric vehicles. So, whether you drive a Toyota Mirai or Tesla Model 3, it should prove convenient.
According to the company, fuel-cell electric vehicles should be able to refuel in just five minutes, while traditional EVs should recharge their batteries to 80% in less than 20 minutes.
Due to the station's design and mobility, Hyperion says there's less risk and cost when compared with existing charging stations or hydrogen dispensers. Another impressive function of the Hyper: Fuel is providing backup power to the grid during emergencies or failures.
The Hyper:Fuel station uses hydrogen-ion storage and, according to the company, will feature NASA and Shell GameChanger technology to "boost power and increase refueling efficiency." Motorists will make use of the facility via touchscreen controls and contactless payment.
"Today's energy infrastructure is pushed to its absolute limit. The industry needed a versatile, scalable solution to power our growing needs," said CEO Angelo Kafantaris.
Revealed in 2020, Hyperion made some eyebrow-raising claims about the XP-1. The automaker said the hypercar would have a range of 1,000 miles and a top speed of 220 mph. Just 300 will ever be made.
The alternative fuel may have lost ground as battery electric vehicles became popular, but it is gaining ground, with automakers such as Toyota throwing their weight behind hydrogen.