Audi A7 H-Tron Previews a Sexy Future for Hydrogen
There’s an ongoing debate regarding the alternative fuel of the future. Will we be driving electric cars in 25 years or is hydrogen the go-to solution? Audi – it appears – doesn’t have the answer, rather it has two. First came the electric (and subsequently hybrid) e-tron setup, and now there’s this – the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro. Revealed today at the LA Auto Show, the A7 h-tron is exactly what you’d expect it to be – a hydrogen-powered Audi. Although it’s still just a concept, Audi says it already has the technology in place to push this one into production. And we can think of about 310 reasons why it should. RELATED: Maybach has returned and it's wearing a Mercedes S-Class suit
According to Audi, the A7 h-tron achieves around 310.7 miles per tank of hydrogen, and can tack on an extra 31 miles thanks to the addition of a lithium-ion battery pack. It works as such: two electric motors, one fitted at both axles, feed electricity to the wheels from either the battery (located behind the trunk) or the fuel cell (located in the engine bay).
The result is a hydrogen-electric all-wheel-drive system, born out of efficiency, but also not short on performance. The 4,299-pound A7 h-tron boasts 228-horsepower (170 kW) and 398 lb-ft of torque, capable of scooting from zero to 60mph in around 7.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 111mph.
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We won’t get into how a fuel cell works, but just know that refueling in this is as easy as refueling the tank in your own car. The process takes around three minutes, and topping off the lithium-ion battery packs can be done using your household socket or through regenerative braking.
“We are in a position to launch the production process as soon as the market and infrastructure are ready,” notes Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s board member for technical development. However soon or late that may be is up for speculation.
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