A southern California-based hydrogen know-how firm based and led by Warren native Angelo Kafantaris has launched a cellular electric-vehicle battery refueling station for hydrogen- and battery-powered EVs.
What’s referred to as the Hyper:Gas Cell Station builds on Hyperion Motors Inc.’s power infrastructure platform that already consists of the XP-1, a hydrogen / electric-powered supercar constructed for instance why, in accordance with the corporate, hydrogen-ion storage is superior to lithium-ion storage.
Lithium-ion batteries energy most electrical automobiles in manufacturing as we speak.
However Kafantaris and Hyperion Motors are trying to shift the narrative to hydrogen, and the refueling station is the “resolution to the infrastructure problem” that faces many hydrogen-powered automobiles, in accordance with the corporate.
It was revealed to the general public on the Los Angeles Auto Present, which runs by means of Sunday. The present is also the general public’s first alternative to see the XP-1, which has a spread of 1,000 miles.
The bottom mannequin refueling station will comprise a hydrogen dispenser for industrial and passenger hydrogen automobiles. A dual-fuel upgraded mannequin will comprise a hydrogen nozzle and DC fast-charger battery electrics, permitting it to serve each forms of automobiles on the identical time.
Each fashions will be upgraded to generate hydrogen on-site by way of water electrolysis. Now, hydrogen stations obtain their gasoline from a refinery, however when mixed with photo voltaic, the station can generate hydrogen from the solar on-location, in accordance with the corporate.
“That could be a huge improve from the grey hydrogen used as we speak, which is derived from steam-methane reformation,” the corporate acknowledged in a press launch. “On-site gasoline era is clear, inexperienced, and might dramatically enhance station uptime — a hurdle for H2 stations as we speak.”
Inside programs will embody NASA and Shell GameChanger applied sciences to spice up energy and enhance refueling effectivity, in accordance with the corporate. The roof is tiled with solar-tracking photovoltaic panels to maximise direct daylight. Controls are contact display, and cost is contactless. The nozzle self-sanitizes utilizing UV gentle.
“Immediately’s EV infrastructure is extraordinarily expensive and complicated,” stated Kafantaris. “We wanted to unravel this drawback if the auto trade is critical about decarbonization.”
The station will likely be made at Hyperion’s manufacturing headquarters in Columbus that has undergone wanted renovations, Kafantaris stated. Setup for manufacturing is ongoing and can proceed by means of 2023.
Manufacturing is anticipated to start subsequent yr with the primary deliveries scheduled for the fourth quarter.
Hyperion has began taking orders and “nearly have greater than we will produce for 2023,” Kafantaris stated. He didn’t wish to say what number of, however the plan is to begin constructing a station community in Ohio so automakers can begin promoting product past California.
The corporate didn’t wish to disclose the value of the station, which isn’t for the general public to buy. They’re, nevertheless, round half the price in comparison with a stationary product, Kafantaris stated.
OTHER LOCAL TIES
Hyperion is a portfolio firm of downtown Warren’s BRITE Vitality Innovators, which offers enterprise improvement companies for startups within the power sector.
Its president and CEO Rick Stockburger attended the auto present to mark Hyperion’s milestone, and to proceed to impress “BRITE’s place nationally as being a corporation that’s revered for its information of car electrification and being on the forefront of what’s occurring within the trade,” Stockburger stated.
With Lordstown Motors Corp. in attendance with its truck, the all-battery Endurance, and in addition southern California EV startup INDIEV Inc. there with its, the INDI One — a automotive able to high-speed on-line gaming and streaming by means of a super-powered vehicle-integrated laptop — the auto present additionally was a possibility, Stockburger stated, to see “what the remainder of the nation is pondering” about merchandise coming from Voltage Valley.
Voltage Valley has turn into the brand new nickname for the area due to the strides being made in automobile electrification and battery storage. Prototypes of the INDI One will likely be produced at Foxconn’s plant in Lordstown, the previous Normal Motors small-car meeting plant.