What if hydrogen were evident? This is the project of the young French brand NamX, with its first hydrogen SUV: the NamX HUV. Close contact with the vehicle in a world first.
Head to Cambiano, Italy, for the legendary Italian designer Pininfarina. This is where we were able to discover the NamX HUV, an innovative and promising green hydrogen SUV. This is thanks to its ambitions for “infinite mobility”, backed by an intuitive system of removable hydrogen capsules. Enough to announce a smoother experience, under a futuristic and muscular design in tune with the times.
New Automotive Mobility Exploration, or NamX
NamX is a young brand founded by Franco-Moroccan Faouzi Annajah and French designer Thomas de Lussac. Together, the two founders are convinced that hydrogen is the way to reconcile driving pleasure and respect for the environment. Faouzi Annajah’s motto is clear and precise: “everything must change, so that nothing changes.” Understand with 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 family-friendly, sporty and easy-to-use vehicle. A major challenge 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 more than 4 years of development, is the first premium hydrogen-powered SUV with a hybrid, removable storage system. A vehicle that wants to be more environmentally friendly than electric, of which NamX deplores the negative aspects. That is, the uncertain recycling of batteries, or even the destructive means associated with the extraction of the necessary resources. The biggest challenge, then, is to limit global warming, without sacrificing mobility. To safeguard the planet, while continuing development. NamX is an African-European project that brings together “the best industrial and technical partners in Europe and Africa”.
NamX HUV: designed by Pininfarina
In terms of design, the brand can count on the know-how of the Italian designer Pininfarina. The design process is unprecedented and has its roots in the concept car Theorem 2021. As a reminder, it was developed entirely through virtual reality. Today, the NamX HUV is the first fully digitally designed physical prototype in Pininfarina’s history. Thanks to augmented reality, no models or other polystyrene models are needed! He senior designers made digital sketches, followed by modeling and digitized volumetric controls. The result: a minimalist and quite muscular coupe SUV, with generous volumes. The belt, quite high, highlights an “X” cut in relief on the doors. Signature that can also be found on the front, with strips of light crossed around the grille.
Muscle car enthusiasts might even glimpse a distant air of a modern Chevrolet Camaro. The surfaces are minimalist and enhanced by very thin LED lighting on the front and back. On the back precisely, the details and lighting are more numerous, but still signed with an “X” in the bottom position. Here is also the small “twist” of the NamX HUV: a compartment for six hydrogen capsules. But we will return. Rather refined in detail, the NamX HUV is mostly sporty alongside the large 22-inch wheels. Finally, the HUV and Pininfarina logos complete the identity of the vehicle. Very successful overall, the HUV stands out without taking too many risks. On the other hand, we will have to wait a little longer before discovering the interior of the HUV.
Capsules and autonomy: “Infinite mobility”
Therefore, the NamX HUV is based on fuel cells as well as an ingenious system of removable capsules as secondary tanks. In number six, the capsules can be installed and removed very easily from the rear of the vehicle. It should be noted that the process provides some satisfaction: the transparent shutter located under the boot lid opens automatically, then advances the capsules outwards. Spacecraft atmosphere guaranteed. Then just remove the capsules, which can be carried with one hand. In addition to a design worthy of design accessories (which are, somewhere!), The capsules are easy to handle. Thanks to this innovative system, the NamX HUV announces a range of 800 kilometers.
NamX aims to reduce the limitations 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 the capsules could be used for multiple purposes, beyond the brand’s vehicles. For his part, Paolo Pininfarina insists on the link between innovation and design, for clean and unlimited mobility: “Pininfarina is not just design and style in its purest form. It is also about innovating, user experience and bringing to life our vision of a sustainable future. The NamX HUV is simply at the heart of our DNA: inventing the best driving experience for endless, stylish mobility. »
From 300 to 550 hp, from € 65,000
The NamX HUV will be offered in two versions. The first model will develop 300 hp with the rear engine, for a top speed of 200 km / h. The second, called GTH, will develop 550 hp in all-wheel drive for 250 km / h. The 0 to 100 km / h shot in 6.5 and 4.5 seconds respectively. The clean hydrogen SUV will start at around € 65,000 in a two-wheel drive version. It will go up to about € 95,000 depending on the configuration and options chosen.
The HUV will be present at the 2022 Paris World Cup next October and could be further refined by then. In the meantime, we hope that this new player, along with established benchmarks such as the Hyundai Nexo or Toyota Mirai, or even the impressive French hydrogen sedan Hopium Machina, will help convince operators to move even faster in development. of infrastructure and networks of hydrogen charging points!