Pininfarina, the Italian design house behind the stunning new Battista supercar and numerous Ferraris is stepping into the SUV world. But in true Pininfarina fashion, the company is doing it its own way with a hydrogen-powered SUV. NAMX, a new Afro-European automotive start-up, commissioned the design for production.
With Ferrari, Lamborghini, and other supercar manufacturers coming out with luxury hyper-performance SUVs and crossovers, it makes sense that Pininfarina would also step into that world.
People know Pininfarina for its European sports car designs like the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, Ferrari 330, and Ferrari Testarossa.
NAMX is making big promises for the new hydrogen HUV
This new SUV is not the Pura Vision SUV that the company had planned in 2020, but it’s similar. The new hydrogen that NAMX has designed is based on a removable tank system in the rear of the crossover. Pininfarina designed the entire crossover around the tanks in the rear. Hydrogen-powered cars use the fuel, combined with precious metals, to create electricity, water, and heat. The hydrogen energy then powers electric motors. NAMX is calling the new vehicle an HUV, or hydrogen utility vehicle.
Since their only by-product is water vapor, hydrogen engines are becoming increasingly popular for use indoors. Many warehouses use hydrogen-powered forklifts inside. About the only hydrogen-powered car to ever hit the streets was a version of the Honda Clarity.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles have been hard to produce
Of course, hydrogen fuel stations are few and far between. NAMX has an idea to deliver hydrogen to your home. There are no details on that service yet.
The hydrogen motor in the SUV will come in two versions, an entry-level rear-wheel-drive version and a four-wheel-drive version called the GTH with 550 horsepower. The company expects the NAMX to be a 2025 model and have a price of between $69,000 to $101,000. It’s scheduled to debut this fall at the 2022 Paris Motor Show, but it’s already available for pre-order. It’s unclear if it will be sold in the U.S.
NAMX says the company will start testing the HUV, or hydrogen utility vehicle, in 2023.
The Pininfarina design group has a long history
The new design is clean and leverages the X in the NAMX design. The crossover has a big X-like indention on the doors. It has a big X on the grille. It looks like a tall crossover, but with very clean lines.
Battista “Pinin” Farina founded the company in 1930. In 2015 the Indian company Mahindra assumed control of the company.