Audi has revealed its first hydrogen car – A7 Sportback H-tron Quattro revealed in LA motorshow, promises driving range of 310 miles on one single tank of fuel.
Audi is the latest auto manufacturer heading towards to hydrogen technology to compete with Toyota Mirai and Honda HCV Concept.
The H-tron Quattro is a fuel cell version of Audi’ A7 Sportback uses an electric drive with a fuel cell as its energy source, combines with a hybrid battery and an additional electric motor in the rear. Features an advanced hydrogen fuel cell stack that allows up to travel 310 miles per tank and refuelling takes no more than three minutes.
A7 Sportback is a super stylist executive hatch that has all the good looks, well equipped cabin and powerful engines. So there is no doubt that Audi is bringing a hydrogen version of this A7 Sportback car. Its 3.0 litre TDI engine returns 60.1mpg and emits only 122g/km of CO2. The hydrogen-electric version looks no different than the typical A7 Sportback but the specification yet to be announced.
Innovative hydrogen fuel technology from Audi
A mid size four-door Audi A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro pairs a hydrogen fuel cell with an electric motor that drives the rear wheels. The car can run upto 31.1 miles on pure electricity and 62.1 miles on a single kilogram of hydrogen. A7 Sportback features four hydrogen tanks located under the trunk and in front of the rear axle. The vehicle also features a regenerative braking system to boost its efficiency even further. Fully fuelled vehicle is capable of a range of more than 310 miles – and exhaust emits nothing more than a few drops of water.
Audi says, “A7 Sportback h-tron quattro is a genuine Audi -at once sport and efficient and they are in position to launch the production process as soon as infrastructure and market are ready.”
The hydrogen-electric version of the A7 Sportback provides a fun and pleasing driving experience for driver and passengers. It is very quick, accelerates 0-62 miles in 7.9 seconds and has a top speed of 111.8 mph.
A power meter placed in the instrument cluster gives information of the momentary power-flow. While pressing the EV button, technology demonstrator drives solely on battery power. Switching from automatic transmission mode D to S increases the energy level when braking.
Audi has not yet announced production goals and prices for the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro but expected to arrive by 2017.