Almost 25 years ago, José Ignacio López de Arriortúa already predicted that the cars of the future would not contaminate but would even clean the air. It seemed a boutade of the enthusiastic and controversial Basque engineer, known as Superlopez, who revolutionized the automotive sector with his management methods, first in General Motors and then in Volkswagen, before falling into disgrace due to a dark case of industrial espionage.
The loquacious Superlopez did not exaggerate in those informal meals with the press – always with asparagus on the menu – at the Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg. I already had hydrogen in mind as fuel. History has proved him right. At the last Paris Motor Show, the longest-serving car showroom – 120 years old – which closed on Sunday, one of the models that attracted the most attention from the public was the Hyundai Nexo, the first multi-purpose vehicle (HUV) that It goes on the market with hydrogen propulsion.