Hyrdogen fuel cell hypercar company Hyperion is set to move operations out of Southern California and head to the Midwest, which is a land occupied by reasonable people. Per a recent press release, the company is moving into a 65-acre facility on the western side of Columbus Ohio which will become home to their research and development and manufacturing operations as it continues to develop the XP-1 hypercar and other future projects.
Hyperion is investing over $297 million in this transition as it seeks to manufacture its new hydrogen fuel cell that will power it’s lineup of stationary and mobile energy storage products, as well as produce its XP-1 hyper car. The company will bring 680 new full-time positions to the area over a 6-year span to a state the company and its founder, Angelo Kafantaris, originally called home in 2011.
Hyperion made waves within the auto industry with its XP-1 hypercar, which is isn’t powered by batteries, but by hydrogen. that has an impressive spec sheet including a 0-60 time of 2.2 seconds and a range of over 1,000 miles, putting to shame some of the most recent EV introductions from other manufacturers.
The XP-1 utilizes the hydrogen technology the company has applied elsewhere. The guts of their supercar include a proton exchange membrane fuel cell, carbon fiber hydrogen storage systems, and an ultra-capacitor energy storage module, and the vehicle was most recently seen on the streets of Los Angeles presumably testing everything out.
Hyperion will make use of an already standing structure in the Columbus area, one that previously housed the printing facility for the local newspaper, the Columbus Dispatch. The company will also take advantage of the plethora of R&D talent on scene as well as the hydrogen supply network already in place in Ohio in addition to its better suited building to expedite its production timeline. Hyperion says it should commence production in 2023.
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