The brand with the four rings is unveiling its concept car Audi h-tron quattro concept at the NAIAS 2016 in Detroit – a sporty SUV that uses hydrogen as its energy source. The concept car combines a highly efficient fuel cell achieving an output of up to 110 kW with a battery that provides a temporary boost of 100 kW. Audi’s fuel cell technology paves the way for sustainable mobility with the sporty performance for which the brand is renowned.
The Audi h-tron quattro concept uses only around one kilogram (2.2 lb) of hydrogen per 100 kilometers (62.1 mi). It takes only about four minutes to fill the tank, giving the car a range of up to 600 kilometers (372.8 mi). The conspicuously aerodynamic design with a Cd value of 0.27 plays a major part in its outstanding efficiency.
In another major step, Audi will go into production with its new technologies for piloted driving and parking in 2017 along with the next generation of the A8 luxury sedan. The technology study already provides a glimpse of things to come.
*The collected fuel consumption of all models named here and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this Basic Info.
In the concept car, the fuel cell is installed in the forward structure. Its 330 cells
form what is known as a “stack.” Depending on the load point it operates in the
voltage range of 220 to 280 volts.
The Audi h-tron quattro concept is equipped with electrified quattro drive. Each
motor powers one set of wheels – as on the technology demonstrator
Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro, which Audi presented in November 2014.
Underneath the inside floor, roughly in the middle of the passenger compartment,
lies a compact lithium-ion battery weighing less than 60 kilograms (132.3 lb) and
featuring highly performance-optimized cells.
Like on a car with combustion engine, refueling with hydrogen takes about four
minutes. The three high-tech tanks communicate with the refueling system by
infrared interface and equalize the pressure and temperature levels.
The Audi h-tron quattro concept achieves not just zero local emissions, but zero
global emissions – if the hydrogen it runs on has been produced from water using
renewable energy, as is the case at the Audi e-gas facility in Werlte, Lower
The Audi h-tron quattro concept is equipped with all functions for piloted driving
and parking that Audi is developing for production use. The combination of radar,
camera and surround sensors supplies a complete model of the car’s
The side view, too, expresses the character of the concept car. The flowing
shoulder line forms distinctive blister contours above the aerodynamically
optimized wheels in a nod to Audi’s quattro genes.
Further information about the official fuel consumption figures and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new cars,” which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT (Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH), Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (http://www.dat.de).