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Grove launches as all-hydrogen auto brand with Pininfarina-penned concept sedan

Grove launches as all-hydrogen...
Designed by Pininfarina, Grove's first concept heralds a range of Hydrogen-powered cars
Designed by Pininfarina, Grove's first concept heralds a range of Hydrogen-powered cars
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The Grove concept car at Auto Shanghai 2019
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The Grove concept car at Auto Shanghai 2019
Pininfarina is responsible for the car's svelte looks
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Pininfarina is responsible for the car's svelte looks
Designed by Pininfarina, Grove's first concept heralds a range of Hydrogen-powered cars
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Designed by Pininfarina, Grove's first concept heralds a range of Hydrogen-powered cars
Grove will make nothing but Hydrogen fuel cell cars
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Grove will make nothing but Hydrogen fuel cell cars
The company claims it'll have a car on the road by the end of the year, and a network of Hydrogen filling stations is "just around the corner."
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The company claims it'll have a car on the road by the end of the year, and a network of Hydrogen filling stations is "just around the corner."

With the release of a Pininfarina-styled concept car at Auto Shanghai, this Wuhan-based automotive startup is putting all its eggs in the Hydrogen basket, with a plan to release something for the road within eight months on the way to building a portfolio of Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Grove's efforts will be based on a triple focus: Hydrogen powerplants, lightweight materials and clean manufacturing using renewables where possible. Through the partnership with Pininfarina's new Shanghai office, they expect to bring a European sense of style to their vehicles, and there's hardly a better placed company on the planet to deliver a prestigious design.

It claims to be the first automotive company in the world to focus on nothing but Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and is a subsidiary of another Chinese company called IGE, through whom Grove expects "thousands of gas stations around China and the rest of the world [to be] fitted with Hydrogen tanks." Whether this becomes a reality remains to be seen, given Hydrogen's well-documented handling difficulties and energy inefficiencies.

The Grove concept car at Auto Shanghai 2019
The Grove concept car at Auto Shanghai 2019

We don't know much about the concept car here, either, apart from the fact that it's got a carbon fiber frame and bodywork for exceptional lightweighting, aerodynamic-looking wheels and a nice, if conservative, look to it. But Grove says it'll have something on the road by the end of 2019, so keep your eyes peeled!

Source: Grove Automotive

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Mr T
Wow, talk about backing the wrong horse!