The Hopium Machina is a hydrogen dream.
The race for electric supremacy is in full swing, with cars such as the Tesla Model Y becoming even faster by the day, and exotic brands such as Rimac with its C_Two joining the already established manufacturers. Electric might be all the rage right now, but some have not forgotten about the potential of the hydrogen-powered car. Brands such as Hyundai with its Nexo have shown us that Hydrogen can be an environmentally sustainable source of power, and French company Hopium is so confident in the stuff that it has revealed a hydrogen-powered luxury car named the Machina that is set to take the fight directly to Tesla.
But don't get too excited just yet; production of the luxury sedan is only planned to take place in 2026. "We have been working on the project for two years. Today, it has reached sufficient maturity for us to communicate on its launch", explains Olivier Lombard, company founder. "Hopium aims to become the global benchmark brand for hydrogen mobility with the objective of achieving a turnover of 1 billion euros by 2030". The Machina is equivalent in size to the Tesla Model S and is planned to sell for between €110,000 and €140,000 ($128,877 and $164,025).
Not much is known about the technical details of the car, but it is said to offer 500 horsepower and a range of nearly 500 miles on a single tank of hydrogen which is in accordance with the density of the hydrogen distribution network in France. It will be interesting to see how reliable the powerplant of the Machina will be, considering the fact that most modern hydrogen-powered cars never exceed the 200 horsepower mark. The Hyundai Nexo, one of the only three hydrogen-powered cars on sale in the US currently, only develops 161 hp and has a range of 380 miles. Despite the lack of details, the Machina remains one handsome car. It's just a pity that the wait is going to be so long.