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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.