Hopium, can a French brand dethrone Tesla?

Hopium, this is the name of the vehicle that wants to compete with Elon Musk's Tesla. Being a product of the French start-up HMC (Hydrogen Motive Company), this car could be made available to consumers within five years, for an estimated price of 120,000 euros (tax free). To do this, however, investors would have to do their part.

As reported by Le Point , the founder of the brand, Olivier Lombard, has already invested “ hundreds of thousands of euros ” in Hopium. The 29-year-old pilot also managed to raise 1.7 million euros from some investors. However, this is not enough to complete the project. This is why Hopium went public on the Access market at the end of December 2020.

Hopium Can A French Brand Dethrone Tesla

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HMC promises to unveil a prototype named “Māchina” this year.

A car powered by a hydrogen engine

Olivier Lombard and his team have been working on Hopium since 2019. Supported by Total and Michelin and helped by Porsche alumni, Tesla and Lucid, the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans motor competition in 2011, aims to bring an equipped vehicle to the market. of a hydrogen engine. Its use will therefore in no way be harmful to the environment.

The experience Lombard has gained alongside Swiss engineers at the GreenGT lab could help him achieve his goal. For 8 years, the creator of the Hopium brand has been part of a team that is indeed trying to develop a prototype running on hydrogen.

Hopium, " a hyper connected vehicle "

If all goes according to plan, Lombard will enter the 24 Hours of Mans 2024 with Hopium, a car with a range of 1,000 kilometers that will only require 3 minutes of recharging time. The sports sedan is 4.95 meters long. Its power will exceed 500 horsepower. Hopium will notably be able to reach a speed of 230 km / h.

Olivier Lombard also promises a car that does not allow itself to be overtaken by technology. “It will be a hyper-connected vehicle, the idea is to put the driver in a kind of cocoon, he will be able to enjoy an autonomous driving mode with access to many digital services” he declared. .