Once an original Australian car industry has become a victim of optimization by the global automakers, and ceased to exist, but a group of entrepreneurs and enthusiasts decided that it was wrong and start from scratch. Freshly baked Australian company H2X next year intends to begin production of cars at its own plant in Port Kembla, state of New South Wales.
The main investors H2X listed Elvin Group and Denzo Group. The first Australian manufacturer of concrete, greatly concerned about environmental issues. Denzo Group (not to be confused with the Japanese Denso, which manufactures automotive components) is an alternative, green energy and build in Australia a solar farm.
The personnel is impressive. CEO – Aussie Brendan Norman, who previously held senior positions in BMW, Audi and Volkswagen. Chief designer appointed Austrian (not Australian) Chris Reitz with experience in Volkswagen, Nissan, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Chief engineer – Peter Zinow from Germany, who worked at GM and Spyker. Chief technologist – Briton Ian Thompson, noted in the Volvo, Lotus, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, GM, Karma and Tesla. In General, knowing the business people.
The business model is similar to that of the American company Nikola: to develop alternative energy to produce hydrogen, to build a network of gas stations and “feed” them their cars. Release is planned to a wide range of: compact and mid-size LCV, pickup, SUV, tractor, truck, bus, train, boat and so on.
Now on the website of the company in the form of rough computer drawings shows two LCV, tractor and a piece of a pickup truck, and best of all drawn front-wheel drive mid-size crossover SUV (wheelbase 2780 mm, length 4565 mm) with the name Snowy, I mean “snow”. It is based on the original sandwich is the platform is quite thick to fit cylinders with hydrogen. The stated motor power – 190 kW (258 HP) cruising range on one filling (5 kg of hydrogen) – up to 650 km, acceleration to “hundreds” for 6,9 s. On the roads of Australia Snowy may appear in 2022 under the condition of dynamic development of the network of hydrogen filling stations. A pilot batch is planned to be released in 2021.
In the first year of production H2X plans to make 3700 cars by 2025 to reach the capacity of 25 thousand cars a year – a fairly modest plans against the background of other ambitious Chinese start-UPS. Initially, many components will be purchased, but by 2025, the degree of localization should be 75%. One of the interesting technological “chips” of the alleged systematic conversion of kinetic energy into electrical suspension – say, no movement of the shock absorber will not idle, all will benefit.