Why Audi did not choose CES 2016 for this surprise is a mystery, but we don’t care! The miracle happened on Monday when Audi revealed it’s new sporty looking SUV hydrogen concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Audi h-tron quattro is powered by hydrogen fuel cell which converts hydrogen gas into electricity. The concept of harnessing the power of an element which is available in abundance is also going to solve our problem of fuel in near future. It’s also environment friendly, water vapours being the only by-product. Enough about science, let’s talk about the car now.
So, the Audi h-tron quattro has two electric motors, one for the rear wheels and one for the front wheels, generating 140kW and 90kW of power respectively. It has three fuel tanks underneath the luggage compartment which can be filled in less than 4 minutes. At the place of engine, sits a hydrogen fuel cell, which gives output around 110kW and is also supported by 100kW lithium-ion battery.
This Audi boasts a top speed of 200kmph and manages 0-100 in less than 7 seconds — pretty good for small adrenalin rush, nothing Fast & Furious though.
The interiors of the car also pretty cool and packed with latest technology. Audi’s virtual cockpit, LTE connectivity option and OLED curved screens are just to name the few. “Smart Butler” is a new software which would help the owner to organise the luggage compartment of car. Cool? The car can run upto 600 kms once fuelled up, and if it finds a refilling station with the latest hydrogen fuel technology, in less then 4 minutes it will be able to hit the road again for another 600 kms. The whole roof of the car is laid with solar panels, which generate upto 320 watts of power, means an extra 1000 kms in a year.
With companies like Honda and Toyota already in this market, Audi is also making serious efforts and investment in hydrogen refining technology and plants, considering it as a potential fuel for the future.
It’s good to see that car-makers are still tinkering on finding better fuel alternatives, but it is still a concept, so we cannot say anything more about it. But we do hope to see cool hydrogen powered cars on road, very soon.