The most common element in the universe can be found in everything from water to hydrogen bombs, but Pininfarina is betting that a few wealthy enthusiasts are ready for a fuel cell supercar. Hydrogen gas is created by splitting water into its components. Electricity and water are not friends so when they get together, water loses the fight and you end up with oxygen bubbles on the negative side and hydrogen on the positive. Hydrogen is lonely without oxygen, and a fuel cell is the best place for them to party. What happens in the fuel cell stays in the fuel cell, and you end up with water and electricity.
Pininfarina’s H2 Speed concept hopes to use this voltage to reach 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds. Using two electric motors along with a battery and regenerative braking, the H2 Speed has the potential to be the world’s cleanest supercar. Using compressed hydrogen as a fuel, the only exhaust from the fuel cell is pure water. The technology is proven, but you can’t exactly buy hydrogen at the gas station. H2 Speed will be a track-only car, and specialized equipment will be needed for refueling.
The voltage provided by the fuel cell is only a fraction of the electricity required to generate hydrogen, but advances are being made at a lightning pace. Their goal is to build ten examples as dedicated track cars with a top speed north of 180 mph. We hope this concept makes it to production, as it would shock the world of alternative fuels. Stay tuned to Autofluence for more positively charged news from the Geneva Motor Show.