Audi H-tron Quattro Concept – Hydrogen powered SUV
As the world moves towards developing more environment friendly vehicles, Audi has taken a step further and developed a hydrogen powered car. Though the H-tron Quattro is still a concept, the company says that production model of the same car will be made available somewhere towards the end of this decade.
Based on the E-tron Quattro Concept that was showcased last year, the current model has been launched at the Detroit Motor Show. Taking fuel cell technology in the right direction, the Audi H-tron Quattro concept is a very good SUV in terms of aesthetics to start with. Looking at its design, Audi will probably launch its production version to compete with the likes of the coupe-styled BMW X6 and it could carry the Q6 nametag.
The SUV offers a power figure of 282 BHP and 550 Nm of torque, thereby enabling 0-100 km/hr to come up in less than 7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 200 km/hr. But what’s intriguing is the fact that the H-tron Quattro has an overall range of 600 km (as per Audi) and the tanks placed under the passenger seats can be charged in just four minutes. Now these figures are truly ground breaking. Also, the vehicle has no tailpipe, thereby taking emission figures to zero.
The main aspect is that the Audi H-tron is not powered by conventional batteries, but by a hydrogen fuel cell. However, it still drives and sounds just like an electric car. Under the bonnet is the German company’s latest fuel cell which alone churns out a good 148 BHP of power. The power figure is bumped up to 282 BHP with the help of a lithium ion battery that weighs 60 kg and is placed at the centre of the vehicle’s floorboard.
All-wheel drive has been made possible by placing electric motors each for the front and rear axle. While traveling in slow speeds, the car becomes front-wheel drive. Energy recovery also takes place under braking. The massive 22-inch alloy wheels get their stopping power from ceramic disk brakes. An air suspension helps the SUV ride in different heights, altering between sportiness and comfort.
The technology rich H-tron concept further has a solar roof which helps in increasing efficiency even further. Then there is the abundant use of lights including OLEDs for the front and rear and curved TV screens inside the cabin. It might also feature autonomous driving that will first be seen on the A8 limousine that will launch next year.
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