When electric is not cool enough, car makers switch it up with hydrogen.
Audi introduces the Audi h-tron quattro Concept Car at the NAIAS 2016. Audi apparently got bored showing off the e-tron concept car and switched to hydrogen for the NAIAS 2016.
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The Audi h-tron quattro concept is a sporty SUV that uses hydrogen as its energy source. The concept car combines a fuel cell achieving an output of up to 110 kW with a battery that provides a temporary boost of 100 kW.
The Audi h-tron quattro concept uses around one kilogram (2.2 lb) of hydrogen per 100 kilometers (62.1 mi). It takes about four minutes to fill the tank, giving the car a range of up to 600 kilometers (372.8 mi). The h-tron aerodynamic design with a Cd value of 0.27 plays a major part in its efficiency.
Fuel cell drive with additional lithium-ion battery for boosting and recuperation
Fifth-generation fuel cell, new materials for added efficiency
Range of up to 600 kilometers (372.8 mi) on one tank of fuel, consumption around one kilogram (2.2 lb) of hydrogen per 100 kilometers (62.1 mi), refueling takes around four minutes
Fuel cell performance: up to 110 kW, extra boost of up to 100 kW for short periods, system torque in excess of 550 Nm (405.7 lb ft)
From 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in less than 7 seconds, top speed electronically governed at 200 km/h (124.3 mph)
Electrified quattro layout: one electric motor at front and one at rear, intelligent control strategy for interaction between power units
Three hydrogen tanks with total capacity of around six kilograms (13.2 lb) at 700 bar
Chassis with adaptive air suspension sport and 22‑inch wheels
Technologies for piloted driving and parking, central driver assistance system (zFAS)
Aerodynamics and design
SUV with sporty styling, low greenhouse, tapered rear end
Length 4.88 meters (16.0 ft), width 1.93 meters (6.3 ft), height 1.54 meters(5.1 ft), five doors
Cd value of 0.27, elaborate detailed measures such as cameras instead of exterior mirrors and movable aerodynamic elements on underbody, sides and rear
Lighting design with OLED elements at front and rear, headlights in Matrix laser technology
World’s largest in-car solar roof, up to 320 watts output or additional range of up to 1,000 km (621.4 mi) per year
Optimized package: ample space for four persons, large luggage compartment with capacity of 500 liters (17.7 cu ft), “luggage butler” for optimum, quick stowing of luggage items
Heat pump for high-efficiency climate control
Progressive interior design, fusion with operating and display concept
Audi virtual cockpit curved OLED as instrument cluster
Mobile Rear Seat Entertainment with OLED Audi tablets
Steering wheel with touch surfaces in the spokes
Online connectivity via LTE, broad range of connectivity functions
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Hydrogen as energy source for mobility is in the works since decades. To show off a hydrogen car instead of a electric car that can take on Tesla today on the market is just not very impressive.