The French startup founded by former racer Olivier Lombard revealed its first rolling prototype during the Viva Technology week in Paris, with production slated for 2026.
At the Viva Technology event in Paris last week, Hopium, a French startup focusing on hydrogen-powered vehicles, unveiled its first rolling sedan prototype and opened the first 1000 pre-orders for the production version called Machina. The Alpha 0 prototype, produced in the company’s Linas-Montlhéry test workshop, is meant to certify the reliability of the production fuel cell system.
The reveal is a key step in the manufacturer’s roadmap on the road to the high-end production vehicle first announced in October 2020. The aim of Hopium is for it to be the first French hydrogen-powered sedan to hit the market in 2026. One of the 1000 vehicles can be reserved for €410, the number referencing the spectral line of hydrogen.
The prototype was refined through bench and track tests at speeds up to 200 km/h (124 mph), close to the promised performance for the production Machina in its final form. Alpha 0 also introduces the signature lighting and emblem of Hopium, shapes inspired by the stratification of hydrogen and the movement of waves on water.
Hopium was founded by Olivier Lombard, the youngest winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as a manufacturer of high-end hydrogen-powered vehicles. Lombard is one of the world’s most
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