Although Hyvia and Renault will both be present at the hydrogen area at the Paris Motor Show, Renault will stand out by displaying a concept car from Alpine. The uniqueness of this hypercar, named Alpenglow, lies in the fact it is equipped with a hydrogen combustion engine.
Alpine’s CEO, Laurent Rossi, has been multiplying his media appearances around the hydrogen engine, for quite some time now. He would like to see it in a Formula 1 for example, but also on the road. In the press release from the sports brand you can read that “the mobility of the future will be a mix of carbon-neutral solutions, with a natural complementarity between battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), those powered by a fuel cell (FCEV) and others that will be equipped with hybrid thermal engines running on a sustainable fuel, which could be green hydrogen.”
This may be the technology that could foreshadow the brand’s future competition and road cars. The hybrid hydrogen engine is a solution that reconciles environmental compliance with the inimitable driving pleasure that this type of engine provides: power, lightness and sound emotions. In short, it retains the emotion and performance levels of a racing car, while emitting only water vapor.
Alpine specifies that with its two cylindrical hydrogen tanks at 700 bars, the Alpenglow retains the brand’s characteristic lightness and offers enthusiasts the ultimate driving pleasure with clean emissions.
To develop this technology, Alpine will rely on Hyvia, the joint venture between Renault and Plug Power. The Alpine F1 Team and this subsidiary announced a partnership during the French Formula 1 Grand Prix last July.
The brand had already presented a hydrogen-powered concept: the A4810, designed with the Turin Design Institute.
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Article written by Laurent Meillaud, translated by Logan King and reviewed by Marina Leite.