NamX is a new French brand that plans to launch the HUV fuel cell model at the end of 2025. The special feature: replaceable hydrogen tanks in the rear of the car.
The infrastructure with hydrogen filling stations and the spread of electric cars with fuel cell technology are not really gaining momentum. Despite numerous announcements from politics and industry, there are currently not even 100 publicly accessible gas stations on the network in Germany. In neighboring countries, there are far fewer points of contact for drivers of a Hyundai Nexo or Toyota Mirai. These two cars are the only fuel cell cars we currently sell.
The global hydrogen car market is also small. According to a study by Korean market researcher SNW Research, 9,300 Hyundai Nexo and 5,900 Toyota Mirai were registered for the first time last year. There are also 300 Honda Clarity FCEVs and 400 vehicles from Chinese manufacturer Foton. Then consider the often cited chicken and egg problem: Without infrastructure there is no market for cars, but without enough vehicles it is not worth building and expanding a network of gas stations.
Hydrogen tanks to change
It is precisely from here that the French company NamX wants to start with a new idea. Together with the Italian design firm Pininfarina, the start-up has designed the HUV SUV coupe. The special feature: In addition to a permanently installed hydrogen tank, there are six smaller interchangeable tanks for the high-pressure stored gas in the rear of the car.
NamX plans to supply its customers with hydrogen cylinders and replace them with empty ones. This is to ensure the operational readiness of the HUV even in areas where there are no petrol stations to refuel the tank permanently installed in the car. The range should be 800 kilometers, provided all tanks are full and on board.
In 2025, the HUV will arrive on the market in two variants. The base model with rear-wheel drive is said to have 300hp and accelerate from standstill to 100km / h in 6.5 seconds. The maximum speed is 200 km / h. The GTH version with all-wheel drive should be on top of that. The power of the system here is 550hp, which is good for a sprint from zero to 100 in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 250km / h.
From the end of 2025 to 65,000 euros
According to the company, NamX designer Thomas de Lussac was influenced by science fiction and American muscle cars of the 1950s and 1960s when designing the HUV’s lines. This explains the shoulders of the SUV coupe. The LED elements on the front form a dominant “X”. At the rear, the HUV openly displays the replacement tanks. There are no interior photos yet. NamX already has an idea of how expensive the brand’s first model should be. Depending on the level of performance and equipment, the aim is between 65,000 and 95,000 euros.
It has not yet been decided where the HUV will be built. When choosing a location, 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 times.
No, it’s too inefficient, too expensive, and hydrogen doesn’t store well over a long period of time.
The new NamX brand plans to launch a fuel cell SUV in 2025. Pininfarina helps with design and development. A delivery service for replaceable hydrogen tanks is an interesting idea. It remains to be seen whether and how this can be implemented with a pressure of 700 bar in the containers.