Hyperion XP-1 Hydrogen Prototype Coupe
Take away the wheels and the Hyperion XP-1 could easily be mistaken for something from outer space — and there's a good reason why. Based in Southern California, Hyperion employs ex-NASA engineers and uses technology developed for space in the hydrogen-powered XP-1. Hyperion also works with NASA to bring that tech to earth-bound applications, and this is just one result. A chemical reaction breaks down hydrogen, releasing energy that is stored in fuel cells aboard the car. Far lighter than batteries, these fuel cells can be recharged in less than five minutes and avoid one of the biggest drawbacks of batteries — massive weight and long charge times. The XP-1 weighs in at just over 2,200 pounds, thanks to a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and bodywork. Two permanently excited motors at the rear drive all four wheels, pushing the XP-1 to 60 in 2.2 seconds and a top speed of 221 MPH. With tech like this, the electric revolution might be over before it's even begun.