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A Southern California-based hydrogen technology company founded and directed by Angelo Kafantaris, a Warren native, has launched a mobile EV battery refueling station for both hydrogen and battery-powered EVs.

Called Hyper:Fuel Mobile Station, it builds on Hyperion Motors Inc.’s energy infrastructure platform, which already includes the XP-1, a hydrogen/electric-powered supercar built to illustrate why hydrogen ion storage is superior, according to the company is to lithium-ion storage.

Lithium-ion batteries power most electric vehicles produced today.

However, Kafantaris and Hyperion Motors are trying to switch the narrative to hydrogen, and the gas station is the “solution to the infrastructure challenge” facing many hydrogen-powered vehicles, according to the company.

It was unveiled to the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs through Sunday. The show is also the first opportunity for the public to see the XP-1, which has a range of 1,000 miles.

The base model fuel station will include a hydrogen dispenser for commercial and passenger hydrogen vehicles. A dual-fuel upgrade model will include a hydrogen nozzle and battery electrics with a DC fast charger, allowing it to serve both vehicle types at the same time.

Both models can be upgraded to generate hydrogen on site using water electrolysis. Today, hydrogen stations get their fuel from a refinery, but combined with solar power, the company says the station can generate hydrogen from the sun on-site.

“This is a massive upgrade to the gray hydrogen used today, which is derived from steam methane reforming,” the company said in a press release. “On-site fuel generation is clean, environmentally friendly and can dramatically increase station uptime – a hurdle for H2 fueling stations today.”

Internal systems will include NASA and Shell GameChanger technologies to boost performance and increase refueling efficiency, the company said. The roof is covered with solar tracking photovoltaic panels to maximize direct sun exposure. Control is via a touchscreen and payment is contactless. The nozzle disinfects itself with UV light.

“Today’s EV infrastructure is extremely expensive and complex,” Kafantaris said. “We had to solve this problem if the auto industry is serious about decarbonization.”

The station will be manufactured at Hyperion’s manufacturing facility in Columbus, which has undergone necessary renovations, Kafantaris said. Setup for production is underway and will last until 2023.

Production is scheduled to start next year, with first deliveries scheduled for the fourth quarter.

Hyperion has started taking orders and “has almost more than we can produce for 2023,” Kafantaris said. He didn’t want to say how many, but the plan is to start building a network of stations in Ohio so automakers can start selling products beyond California.

The company declined to disclose the price of the station, which is not available to the public. However, they cost about half compared to a brick-and-mortar product, Kafantaris said.

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Hyperion is a downtown Warren portfolio company of BRITE Energy Innovators providing business development services to energy startups.

President and CEO Rick Stockburger attended the auto show to mark Hyperion’s milestone and to continue to “impress BRITE’s position nationally as an organization respected for and at the forefront of its knowledge of vehicle electrification what is happening in the industry. ‘ Stockburger said.

Lordstown Motors Corp. is represented with its truck, the All-Battery Endurance, and Southern California EV startup INDIEV Inc. with its INDI One – a car that enables high-speed online gaming and streaming via a super motor in-vehicle computer – the auto show was also an opportunity , Stockburger said, to see “what the rest of the country thinks” about Voltage Valley produce.

Voltage Valley has become the new nickname for the region due to advances in vehicle electrification and battery storage. Prototypes of the INDI One will be manufactured at Foxconn’s Lordstown plant, formerly General Motors’ small car assembly plant.

rselak@tribtoday.com



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