Hopium, a new car brand, is inventing the first high-end hydrogen-powered sedan in 2020. A French success?
French Olivier Lombard announces the birth of the brand Hopium. It launches its first high-end model powered by French hydrogen: La Māchina.
From ancient greek mekhanế, which means an ingenious invention, the Hopium Māchina, will offer a neutral carbon footprint. Its goal is to dethrone Tesla with two major advantages: a range of 1,000 kilometers and a recharge time of just 3 minutes.
With its unique design, it has a power of over 500 hp. La Māchina will combine performance, hyper connectivity, security and ergonomics. A prototype should be presented in 2021 for commercialization in 2026 for Europe and the rest of the world.
It now remains to find funding to complete this project. To attract future investors, the company Hydrogen Motive Company (HMC) who will produce La Māchina, promises a turnover that could reach one billion euros in the next 10 years.
Who is behind this extraordinary car?
Olivier Lombard, pilot emeritus, won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2011. At the age of 20, he became the youngest racer to win this endurance car classic.
Visionary, in 2013 he set off on the hydrogen trail. For 7 years, he worked on the test bench for hydrogen racing cars at the Swiss laboratory GreenGT. With his experience with the greatest, this thirty-something founded in 2020 in France Hydrogen Motive Company (HMC) and its automotive division Hopium.