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Hopium shows the interior of its hydrogen electric saloon with 1,000 km of autonomy

hopium is a new French manufacturer whose commitment to electrification is based on the hydrogen fuel cell. After presenting its first prototype, the Alpha 0, which advanced the bases of its exterior design, it has now shown a new concept, more advanced than it shows the look of the car inside. The images show a dashboard dominated by a large central screen that occupies the entire frontconfigurable and a rear row of two independent seats.

France is one of the European countries that is most committed to hydrogen. In 2020, as part of the economic recovery program after the coronavirus pandemic, it announced a plan to invest €2 billion in the development of the hydrogen sector in the next two years, and a total of €7 billion by 2030.

In June 2021, a new company, Hopium, was unveiled with the presentation of the Alpha 0 Concept, an attractive fuel cell-powered premium saloon that will be the precursor to a production car to be called the machine. In its final form, it will be able to offer 500 CV of power and travel more than 1,000 kilometers thanks to its two hydrogen tanks.

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The central console in which some control keys are included and which extends to the rear passengers

One year later, Hopium goes a step further with a new concept that allows you to discover what the interior of the Machina will look like. A design that has been baptized as Machine Vision and what is the work of Felix Godard former Porsche, Tesla and Lucid Motors worker. The influence of these three brands is noticeable above all in the design of the dashboard.

This is a central part of the vehicle, dominated by a large central screen that occupies the entire width so that it is accessible to both the driver and the passenger. Among its possibilities, it can be adjusted to be a more discreet element and it is customizable according to the tastes of each owner.

Between the two front seats there is a central console that includes some control keys and extends to the rear passengers. Over there, the second row is actually made up of two separate and independent seats that warn of the type of saloon that Hopium wants to manufacture: a luxury vehicle destined to become a very high-level representation saloon.

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The second row is made up of two separate and independent seats that make the Hopium Machina a luxury vehicle destined to become a very high-end representative sedan.

Hopium indicates that the materials used on board are all of European origin, claiming its intention to reduce the environmental impact and its commitment to the Old Continentto which he winks with the placement of the circle of stars of his flag on the front wings.

The Exterior design it is practically the same as the one presented a year ago. It is still slightly reminiscent of that of Aston Martin, decorated by a characteristic and differentiating element that are the undulations of its headlights inspired by the waves on the surface of the water. It is a large sedan of almost five meters long, marked by smooth and aerodynamic lines seeking above all energy efficiency. In this prototype the door handles have disappeared because the door opens by itself when the driver approaches.

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Details of the exterior design of the Hopium Machine, with the stars of the European Union flag on the front wings.

Machina, the production model that will derive from this prototype, promises to be able to develop 370 kW of power (500 hp)reach a maximum speed of 230km/h and be able to traverse more than 1.000 kilometers with each charge of its two hydrogen tanks. These, supplied by the Belgian company Plastic Omnium, pressurize the fuel to 700 bars before it passes through the fuel cell, located at the front, to generate the electricity that powers its motors. The first, the longest, is mounted in the center of the chassis while the second is located under the trunk. The filling time of the fuel tanks, according to Hopium, does not exceed three minutes.

The Machina concept will be present at the World of the Automobile (the Paris Motor Show that has a biannual periodicity) that this year is celebrated from October 17 to 23 in the French capital.

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