Audi H-Tron Quattro Concept Provides Glimpse of Hydrogen Future
The future includes hydrogen energy and fuel-cell technology for Volkswagen AG’s premium Audi brand. To wit, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the automaker revealed the Audi H-Tron Quattro zero-emission concept. The concept car looks like a fuel-cell-powered version of the sleek 5-door E-Tron Quattro electric crossover, which will reach the market in 2018. It’s also conceivable that the H-Tron Quattro could be available by the end of the decade, if there is a large enough refueling infrastructure, according to some auto experts.
Powered by clean but still futuristic hydrogen, Audi’s 4-seat H-Tron Concept is able to travel a distance of 372.8 miles before refueling, according to the German luxury brand’s officials. Shown in a bold orange mustard exterior color, the H-Tron Concept crossover has three hidden hydrogen fuel tanks that can be refilled in as few as 4 minutes, Audi says.
Audi’s futuristic all-electric concept vehicle also has a 100-kW Lithium-ion battery to support the 110-kW fuel cell stack (with 330 individual cells) that power two electric motors on the front and rear axles and produces 406 lb.-ft. of torque. It recharges slowly with every tap of the brake. Additionally, the H-Tron can reach a top speed of 124 mph and can silently tip 0 to 62 mph in less than 7 seconds, according to Audi.
More eco-friendly news for this concept is that Audi uses a heat pump for air conditioning and features a solar roof that generates as much as 320 watts of power and recovers as much as 621 miles of distance annually. The interior is aerodynamic and space-age sleek, resembling the modern E-Tron’s cockpit that is outfitted with three large OLED (light-emitting diode) screens in the front for all driver system controls and that manages media and navigation. In addition, rear-seat passengers can share information with the driver on Audi tablets, which are features of the rear-seat entertainment system.
This latest H-Tron quattro concept exhibits the fifth-generation of fuel-cell technology for Volkswagen and Audi.