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Hydrogen-Powered Scorpion Creeping Towards Prototype

The “hydrogen hybrid eco-exotic” sports car, the Scorpion, is a small step closer to the roads, Ronn Motors claims, with today’s announcement that the firm has signed a contract to have Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters do all the carbon fiber body work for its prototype. The company plans to unveil a complete prototype in November in Las Vegas.

“How fast can you make water go?” is the tag line for the Scorpion, which is being designed to be powered by burning a hydrogen-gasoline blend; an on-demand system from Hydrorunner will split water into hydrogen using on-board batteries and the company showed off a rolling chassis with the system in June.

The company also has plans beyond hydrogen. Ronn is working on fuel cells, plug-in electric vehicles, and non-demand hydrogen for future vehicles, the company says. “We don’t want to limit ourselves to just one technology when we talk about the company,” VP Adrian Pylypec tells Earth2Tech.

The company has an aggressive production schedule, aiming to get the first vehicles on the road by the first quarter of 2009. That’s later than Pylypec’s original estimate of late 2008, but such delays have become routine in the alternative fuel auto industry with startups and auto giants shifting production schedules due to unexpected technical delays. The Scorpion is a car that certainly ignites the imagination; we’ll see if can actual power a vehicle.

8 Responses to “Hydrogen-Powered Scorpion Creeping Towards Prototype”

  1. I saw the car. (unveiled at SEMA). So I guess the steps are getting bigger!
    It did run. And it looked INCREDIBLE.
    If the system performs 10% as good as it looks it will be a home run.

  2. The development of the technology for both electric and hydrogen vehicles will accelerate in the coming years. Storage, initial cost, mileage, radius and all other problems will be resolved for the simple reason that they have to be. More important in my opinion is the question who will fill your “tank”: the current oil companies (soon: hydrogen companies) or the electricity companies. It’s all about distribution and making lots of money, not about the last technical problems.

  3. The next generation of lithium batteries using the lithium iron oxide nano-assembly should provide much more durability. These are being built for the Chevy Volt concept as well as others such as the Hymotion Prius plug-in hybrid upgrade. Tesla probably has these batteries on their up-and-coming list, you can’t ignore them, they’ll be cheaper than regular lithium cobalt batts and better in so many ways. Just a matter of ramping up production of them.

  4. CNCMike

    Jim

    Add in the oil, oil filters, trans fluid and filters, belts, hoses, coolant, plugs, wires, MAF sensors and all the other suff that a typical gas car will consume and then let us the cost per mile.

  5. Tony,

    The should use renewable methane instead of hydrogen. That’s enables them to use NG as well.

    I wish Tesla well, but a $20,000 battery good for 100,000 miles means 20 cents per mile in expense for JUST the battery. Compare this with a typical vehicle getting 30 mpg using $4 gasoline. That’s only 13 cents per mile; and you get to pay as you go.

  6. Jim – What’s dumb about what tesla is doing? The tesla roadster goes 0-60 in 4 secs. It must be doing something right.

    I do question how realistic hydrogen is as a fuel source. From what I’ve heard (from who killed the electric car and a few other sources) it doesn’t really work to well. I do hope to be proved wrong though.

  7. Building a sports car whose IC engine runs on hydrogen is ALMOST as dumb as running one on a bunch of laptop batteries stuck together…. (just being a little grumpy today)