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Alpine's Hydrogen-Powered Alpenglow Hy4: A New Era in Combustion Engine Innovation

15 May 2024
  • How does Alpine's adoption of hydrogen-powered internal combustion engines in the Alpenglow Hy4 reflect a unique approach towards electric powertrains?

In a landscape increasingly dominated by electric vehicles, Alpine, the renowned French performance brand, is unveiling a bold vision for the future of combustion engines: hydrogen power. The Alpenglow Hy4, a striking sports car prototype, promises to combine the thrill of high-performance driving with the environmental benefits of hydrogen combustion technology.

This revolutionary concept marks a significant evolution from Alpine's static 2022 Alpenglow design, now transformed into a fully functional prototype set to make its public debut at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2024 season. With a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine generating 340 horsepower, the Hy4 demonstrates Alpine's commitment to pushing the boundaries of traditional engine design.

Redefining Sustainable Performance

Redefining Sustainable Performance

What sets the Alpenglow Hy4 apart is its fuel source: hydrogen. The vehicle draws from three high-pressure hydrogen tanks, each storing 4.6 pounds of hydrogen at an impressive 700 bar pressure. This hydrogen is then utilized within a modified internal combustion engine (ICE), showcasing a fresh perspective on sustainable performance.

Alpine's decision to adopt hydrogen as a viable alternative to fossil fuels reflects a broader shift in the automotive industry. While many automakers are investing heavily in electric powertrains, Alpine is embracing the challenge of enhancing traditional engines to meet contemporary environmental demands.

The Alpenglow Hy4 isn't merely a technical showcase; it's a testament to Alpine's pioneering spirit. The car features an advanced sequential transmission to optimize power delivery, allowing the Hy4 to translate its formidable horsepower into exhilarating on-track performance.

Looking beyond its debut at Spa-Francorchamps, the Hy4 is poised to make a statement at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. This high-stakes endurance race will serve as a rigorous testing ground for Alpine's hydrogen technology, providing invaluable insights for future development.

While the Hy4 is currently tailored for track use, Alpine envisions a broader application for its hydrogen-powered ICE technology. The brand suggests that this innovation could eventually find its way into street-legal models, underscoring the versatility and promise of hydrogen combustion engines in everyday driving scenarios.

Alpine's pursuit of hydrogen-powered performance echoes a longstanding tradition of experimentation within the automotive industry. From BMW's early ventures with hydrogen-fueled prototypes to Toyota's recent hydrogen-powered initiatives, the concept of adapting combustion engines for alternative fuels has captured the imagination of engineers for decades.

As Alpine prepares to debut the Hy4 on the global stage, anticipation is building for what could be a transformative moment in automotive history. The convergence of hydrogen technology with Alpine's racing pedigree promises to redefine the possibilities of sustainable performance, heralding a new era where combustion engines and environmental consciousness harmoniously coexist.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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With the signing of this agreement, Al Tayer Motors becomes VinFast Auto's exclusive UAE dealer and will establish a network of facilities for the brand across the country. The inaugural facility is planned to open in 2024 and will initially retail four VinFast e-SUV models, VF 6, VF 7, VF 8, and VF 9, with more to follow.

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Drawing on Kia’s advanced technology and customer-focused values of the brand’s larger, multi-award-winning EV9 SUV, the EV3 carves out its own identity. It brings a unique, immersive experience to the compact EV SUV sector. By significantly exceeding customers’ expectations, the EV3 will broaden the appeal and elevate the perception of EV SUVs.

“By providing groundbreaking design, an industry-leading electric drivetrain, and practical, innovative lifestyle solutions, the EV3 aims to extend Kia’s exceptional EV SUV experience to a wider audience. With a WLTP driving range of up to 560km and fast-charging capability, the EV3 addresses common concerns about electric vehicles. It will reassure those who may have been hesitant to make the switch to electric mobility and will lead the mass adoption of EVs,” said Ho Sung Song, President and CEO at Kia.

Everrati and W Motors Join Forces to Further Develop and Manufacture EVs

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