What if hydrogen becomes apparent? This is the project of the young French brand NamX with its first hydrogen SUV: the NamX HUV. For the first time in the world close contact with the car.
Head to Cambiano, Italy, to the headquarters of legendary Italian designer Pininfarina. It was here that we were able to discover the NamX HUV, a green hydrogen SUV that is as innovative as it is promising. This is thanks to its “endless mobility” ambition, supported by an intuitive removable hydrogen capsule system. Enough to announce a smoother experience under a futuristic and beefy design that is timely.
The New Car Mobility Study, or NamX
NamX is a young brand founded by French-Moroccan Faouzi Annaja and French designer Thomas de Lussac. Together, the two founders are convinced that hydrogen is the way to combine driving pleasure and respect for the environment. Faouzi Annajah’s motto is clear and to the point: “Everything must change so that nothing changes.” Understand by this that we must change in terms of energy and impact, but not change anything in the pleasure of mobility. Therefore, the solution chosen is green hydrogen through a car that is suitable for the whole family, is sporty and easy to use. A serious problem, given the very small number of hydrogen charging stations in France. But for NamX, this is the only solution.
The NamX HUV (Hydrogen Utility Vehicle), the result of over 4 years of development, is the first premium hydrogen SUV with hybrid and removable storage. A car that wants to be more environmentally friendly than an electric one, the negative aspects of which NamX deplores. Namely, the uncertain disposal of batteries, or even the destructive means associated with the extraction of the necessary resources. So the biggest challenge is to limit global warming without sacrificing mobility. To protect the planet by continuing development. NamX is an African-European project that brings together “the best industrial and technical partners from Europe and Africa.”
NamX HUV: Designed by Pininfarina
In terms of design, the brand can count on the know-how of Italian designer Pininfarina. The design process is unprecedented and has its origins in the Teorema 2021 concept car. As a reminder, it was completely developed using virtual reality. Today, the NamX HUV is the first physical prototype in Pininfarina’s history to be fully developed digitally. Thanks to augmented reality, there is no need for models and other polystyrene models! senior designers digital sketches were made with subsequent modeling and digitization of volumetric controls. The result: an off-road coupe that is both minimalistic and rather muscular, with large volumes. The sash line, quite high, accentuates the embossed “X” carved into the doors. The signature, which can also be found on the front fascia, with light stripes intersecting around the grille.
Muscle car enthusiasts might even catch a glimpse of the modern Chevrolet Camaro. Surfaces are minimalist and are complemented by very subtle LED lighting front and back. Exactly at the back there are more details and lighting, but they are still marked with the letter “X” in the lower position. There is also a small “highlight” of NamX HUV: a compartment for six hydrogen capsules. But we will return to this. Pretty refined in detail, the NamX HUV stands out above all for its sporty look thanks to its large 22-inch rims. Finally, the HUV and Pininfarina logos complete the look of the car. Very successful overall, HUV excels without taking too many risks. On the other hand, you will have to wait a bit before discovering the interior of the HUV.
Capsules and autonomy: “Infinite mobility”
Thus, NamX HUV is based on fuel cells, as well as the original system of removable capsules as secondary tanks. The six pods are very easy to install and remove from the back of the car. Admittedly, the process brings some satisfaction: a transparent shutter, located under the tailgate, opens automatically, then pushes the capsules out. Guaranteed spaceship atmosphere. Then all you have to do is take out the capsules, which can be carried with one hand. Apart from the design worthy of designer accessories (and they are available somewhere!), the capsules are easy to handle. Thanks to this innovative system, NamX HUV claims a range of 800 kilometers.
As such, NamX intends to reduce the restrictions associated with low carbon travel (charging time, immobilization, proximity to stations, etc.). A home delivery system (by subscription) should see the light of day, and pods can be used for a variety of purposes beyond the brand’s vehicles. For his part, Paolo Pininfarina insists on the link between innovation and design for pure and limitless mobility: “Pininfarina is not just pure design and style. It’s also about innovation, user experience and making our vision of a sustainable future a reality. The NamX HUV is simply at the core of our DNA: creating the best driving experience for endless mobility in style. »
From 300 to 550 hp, from 65,000 euros
NamX HUV will be offered in two versions. The first model will develop 300 hp. with a rear engine at a maximum speed of 200 km / h. The second, named GTH, will develop 550 hp. in all-wheel drive mode at a speed of 250 km / h. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h occurs in 6.5 and 4.5 seconds, respectively. A pure hydrogen SUV will cost around 65,000 euros in an all-wheel drive version. Depending on the configuration and options chosen, the price will rise to almost 95,000 euros.
The HUV will be unveiled at the 2022 World Championships in Paris next October and could well be finalized by then. In the meantime, let’s hope this new player, along with already established models like the Hyundai Nexo or Toyota Mirai, or even the spectacular French Hopium Machina hydrogen sedan, will help convince operators to move even faster in infrastructure development and networks of hydrogen charging stations!