Hopium partners with Bridgestone to develop bespoke tyres for hydrogen-powered Hopium Machina, Auto News, ET Auto


 Hopium Machina
Hopium Machina

New Delhi: French manufacturer of hydrogen-powered vehicles Hopium recently partnered with Bridgestone to develop premium tyres for its high-end sedan, Hopium Machina. The goal of the partnership is to design bespoke tyres with low rolling resistance technology, a major factor to enhance the vehicle’s 1,000km driving range, said a company release.

Olivier Lombard, CEO and Founder, Hopium said: “Today, this strategic agreement with a renowned industrial world leader constitutes a major milestone in our ambitious roadmap. With considerable expertise in designing tyres and tyre technologies for newer types of mobility, Bridgestone will surely bring valuable learnings to the partnership, helping us live up to the challenges ahead.”

The tyres will be created using Bridgestone’s proprietary Virtual Tyre Development technology, providing significant benefits in terms of both efficiency and sustainability, it added.

Steven De Bock, VP, Consumer Replacement and OE, Bridgestone EMIA said: “This exciting partnership with Hopium once again demonstrates our support for the next generation of innovative mobility pioneers. We’re placing our recognised expertise at the service of a real game-changer in the field of zero-emission mobility and helping bring about a more sustainable future of mobility in the process.”

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