Meet Australia's New Hydrogen Car

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It is set to show face in 2023.

The electric vehicle craze has only just begun, with cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and Porsche Taycan making waves in an industry that still relies heavily on gas powertrains. But let us not forget about the other clean energy source in the room: hydrogen. Numerous carmakers are still toying with the substance as a form of propulsion, with BMW planning on building more hydrogen-powered cars, and the likes of the Toyota Mirai still happily chugging along.

Startup H2X Australia is relative newcomers to the hydrogen and EV industry, but with a team including Brendan Norman, who has experience working as an executive for BMW and VW in Australia and Asia, the future looks bright for the company.

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The company, which launched publicly today plans to develop a range of cars, SUVs and eventually move into the tractor and bus industry by 2024. Among the cars in the pipeline is the Snowy SUV pictured, which according to H2X Australia should go on sale in 2023.

The H2X lineup will be powered by a hybrid powertrain combining a battery and ultra-capacitor technology with a strong focus on hydrogen. These vehicles will be able to switch between power sources depending on the need. CEO Brendan Norman says his company is "focused on reaching market-leading volumes by 2025."

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The first H2X cars to roll of the production line will be based on an imported chassis and will rely on preexisting powertrains already in use in Asia. Assembly will take place in Australia, with a goal of being 80 percent localized by 2025.

Chief designer Chris Reitz dropped some hints as to where he wants to go with the new brand: "We have a unique character in our vehicles and we are using Australia's strong resource, educational and innovation strengths to come up with products which are developed to excel in extreme conditions, and like many things Australian they will win themselves into the hearts and minds of many around the world," he said.

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