In the world of technology, where a lot of manufacturers have been putting the future before us, we must say Audi is not the one to hold themselves. The brand is studying and working on alternative propulsion, with the latest example of the “h-tron” featuring a fuel cell powertrain using hydrogen as the energy source. It is based on the e-tron showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.
We know, the company has a bunch of e-trons from Audi, and now h-tron it is. You must be wondering what does this “h” stands for, well it stands for the hydrogen used as the energy source. It features a fuel cell powertrain with a front-mounted electric motor which is capable of generating 120 bhp. With the use of this highly efficient fuel cell and a further on-demand power boost of 134 bhp thanks to lightweight lithium-ion battery. You will also see a rear mounted electric motor which generates 188 bhp and this clearly makes things a bit more elicit.
The car can be fuelled with hydrogen in around four minutes, with a range of to 600 km. It can can bolt from 0-100 kmph in under seven seconds, which is quite impressive. The h-tron concept presents the fifth generation of fuel cell technology from Audi. It incorporates lighter material to reduce the weight and also has improved performance, responsiveness, service life and efficiency. The battery stack comprises of 330 individual cells housed in the front structure. There are three hydrogen tanks located beneath the passenger compartment.
And it is not just the alternative powertrain that the brand has come up with. With this Quattro concept, audi also also previews the piloted driving and parking technology, which expected to be offered on the next-gen A8 due in 2017. It is also capable to drive itself on freeway at speed up to 60kmph and a self parking system too.
We believe this tech will take time touch the street of this world, but it won't come before the all-electric Q6's release in 2018.