Ronn Motor Company, a new Texas automotive startup, is
planning to build to a high-tech luxury sportscar that will run on a mixture of
hydrogen and gasoline.
Dubbed the Scorpion, the Austin-based company unveiled a
skeleton of the car’s prototype to the gathering press on Tuesday.
What differentiates the Scorpion from other hydrogen fuel
cell cars is the car’s ability to integrate a “hydrogen on demand” system into
According to the company’s CEO, Ronn Maxwell, how this works
is that electricity from the Scorpion’s alternator will convert the water in
the car’s onboard water tank into hydrogen and oxygen.
The hydrogen thus produced is then “drawn through the air
intake manifold and blended with gasoline at a ratio of 30-40 percent
hydrogen”, the company’s press release explains.
This eliminates the need for a high-pressure hydrogen
storage tank as hydrogen is generated in real time, and fed to the engine, as
the driver is cruising down the road.
Ronn Motor Company partnered with Hydrorunner for the
Scorpion’s hydrogen-gasoline hybrid technology.
Maxwell expects the car to be capable of achieving 40miles
per gallon, powered by a 2009 Acura 3.5 Vtecg motor, with 280 hp or a 450 hp
with twin turbo, and will have a six-speed manual transmission.
The company plans to build 200 Scorpions this year,
eventually increasing production to 500.