Australian start-up H2X says it has built new hydrogen fuel cell prototype

H2X Australia, an Australian company focused on producing industrial vehicles and passenger cars that use fuel cells/supercapacitor mixing systems, has suddenly broken the stealth mode, announcing that it has built several fuel cell prototypes and has a team of 70 people, and plans to expand its workforce to more than 100 by the end of this year and plans to increase it to 5,000 by 2025,media reported.

Australian start-up H2X says it has built new hydrogen fuel cell prototype

The company’s founders, Brendan Norman and Chris Reitz, naturally have extensive experience in the automotive industry. It is reported that Norman has served as BMW Financial Services Korea, Audi Volkswagen Singapore, Audi Japan KK, Volkswagen Group Saudi Arabia CFO and Infiniti Europe, Central Africa business manager, Reitz has served as Volkswagen Designer, Audi AG and Nissan Design Europe, as well as Fiat /Alfa Romeo design director. In fact, the two men had worked together before they set up the company.

H2X says it plans to build two heavy vehicles first, ready for large transportation companies to use in major cities and interstates. At the moment, Australia does nare-fuelinfrastructure, and it’s clear that there’s still a lot of work to be done to really use fuel cell vehicles on the country’s roads.

Australian start-up H2X says it has built new hydrogen fuel cell prototype

This was followed by the Snowy SUV, a front-wheel-drive family sedan with a peak power of 255 horsepower and a 5kg hydrogen fuel for about 650 km of NEDC. 5 kg of hydrogen will be stored in a high-safety tank of type 4 at 700 bar pressure.

The vehicle’s PEM fuel cell, manufactured by Elring Klinger, generates 60 kilowatts of electricity in a row. It is also equipped with a certain amount of lithium battery as a buffer. In addition, the skeleton technology graphene supercapacitor also brings considerable burst power and efficient regenerative braking functions.

The H2X says the car will be equipped with adaptive cruise, automatic emergency braking, lane change aid, braking power distribution, power seats, a 13-inch infotainment screen pre-equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a sound system with eight speakers and an internal anti-microbial system.

Australian start-up H2X says it has built new hydrogen fuel cell prototype

If H2X succeeds in building a new car maker in Australia, it will certainly buck the trend. In recent decades, the vast majority of Australian car makers have been overwhelmed by global price pressures.

The only other two hydrogen-powered cars currently on the Australian market are Hyundai Nexo and Toyota Mirai, which are currently only sold to companies that have their own hydrogen production or refueling equipment. But Australia is trying to reinvent itself as a hydrogen fuel exporter, and with many hydrogen fuel production and transport plans in the early stages, the technology is still likely to succeed in the country’s car market in the future.