NamX is a new brand from France that plans to launch a HUV fuel cell model at the end of 2025. Special feature: Replaceable hydrogen tanks at the rear of the car.
Infrastructure with hydrogen filling stations and the spread of electric cars with fuel cell technology is not really gaining momentum. Despite numerous advertisements from politics and industry, there are currently not even 100 publicly available gas stations on the network in Germany. In neighboring countries there are much fewer contact points for drivers of Hyundai Nexo or Toyota Mirai cars. These are the only two fuel cell cars that we are currently selling.
The global market for hydrogen cars is also small. According to a study by Korean market researcher SNW Research, the 9300 Hyundai Nexo was registered for the first time last year, along with the 5900 Toyota Mirai. There are also 300 Honda Clarity FCEVs and 400 cars from the Chinese company Foton. So you look at the often cited chicken-and-egg problem: without infrastructure there is no market for cars, but without enough vehicles, it’s not worth creating and expanding a network of filling stations.
Hydrogen tanks change
This is exactly where the French company NamX wants to start with a new idea. In collaboration with Italian design firm Pininfarina, the startup has designed the HUV coupe SUV. Special feature: In addition to the permanently installed hydrogen tank, there are six smaller, interchangeable tanks for gas stored under high pressure in the rear of the vehicle.
NamX plans to provide its customers with hydrogen cans and replace them with empty ones. This is to ensure the operational readiness of the HUV even in areas where there is no gas station to fill the tank permanently installed in the vehicle. The range should be 800 km, provided that all tanks are full and on board.
In 2025, HUV will appear on the market in two variants. The base model with rear-wheel drive is said to have 300 hp and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The maximum speed is 200 km / h. The GTH version with all-wheel drive should be even higher. Here the system has 550 horsepower, which is good for sprinting from zero to 100 in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km / h.
From the end of 2025 for 65,000 euros
According to the company, NamX designer Thomas de Lussac was influenced by science fiction as well as American muscle cars from the 1950s and 1960s when designing the HUV lines. This explains the shoulders of the SUV coupe. The LED elements in the front form a dominant “X”. At the rear, the HUV openly displays the replacement tanks. No photos of the inside yet. NamX already has an idea of what the brand’s first model should cost. Depending on the level of performance and equipment, 65,000 to 95,000 euros are targeted.
Where the HUV will be built has not yet been determined. When choosing a site, not only the availability of qualified personnel, but also the availability of green hydrogen, which is produced with electricity from renewable sources, should play a role.
Yes, this is electric mobility without the drawbacks of storage and charging.
No, it is very inefficient, very expensive and does not store hydrogen well for a long period of time.
New brand NamX plans to launch a fuel cell SUV in 2025. Pininfarina assists in design and development. An interesting idea is to deliver replaceable hydrogen tanks. It remains to be seen if and how this can be implemented at a pressure of 700 bar in containers.