The brand with the four rings unveiled its prototype Audi h-tron quattro concept at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show, a sporty SUV that uses a hydrogen fuel cell with an output of 110 kW, with a consumption of about 1 kg hydrogen per 100 km, autonomy reaches 600 km.
Audi uses a variety of technologies to ensure the mobility of the future; vehicles powered only by batteries, plug-in hybrid, combustion engines or fuel cells. Now comes in a new technical solution: the “h” in its name represents the element hydrogen, the energy source for fuel cell.
The Audi h-tron quattro concept is closely related to the prototype electrically powered Audi e-tron quattro, which was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015. Both are based on the second generation of the modular longitudinal platform (MLB evo). This procedure is particularly versatile because, although the energy sources are different, the construction of the floor of the car is almost identical.
With a length of 4.88 meters, a width of 1.93 meters and 2.91 meters of battle, the h-tron Audi quattro concept is positioned between the SUV Audi Q5 and Audi Q7. But, with a height of only 1.54 meters, much lower than these two production models.
This prototype combines a fuel cell, installed in the front structure that achieves an output of 110 kW, with a lithium-ion battery that provides up to 100 kW, with a limited capacity to about 1.8 kWh. With a torque of 550 Nm system, the Audi h-tron quattro accelerates from 0-100 km / h in less than 7 seconds and its top speed is limited to 200 km / h.
The fuel cell and battery feed two electric motors, one of 90 kW at the front axle, and another 140 kW in the back. This arrangement makes quattro has full electric traction. Each engine moves on two wheels, as in the prototype Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro Audi presented in November 2014. If the power demand is low, pulse energy only receives the front axle; if the speed is very low electricity comes from the battery only.
Equipped with three hydrogen tanks with a total capacity of about 6 kg to 700 bar, the Audi h-tron quattro concept uses about 1 kg of hydrogen per 100 km. Fill the tank requires about four minutes and allows up to 600 km of autonomy. In addition, a large solar panel on the roof to generate up to 320 watts and is capable of providing a range equivalent to 1,000 km per year.
The Audi h-tron quattro concept is equipped with all the technologies it has developed for piloted driving brand: radar sensors, a new type of video camera, ultrasonic sensors and laser scanner. The company has been carrying out pioneering work in this field for many years and, in 2017, take this technology to the production for the first time with the next generation of its luxury sedan, the Audi A8.
The role of autonomous driving in congested traffic Audi currently being developed in the future will reduce the workload of the driver in heavy traffic on freeways, as it will control the direction at a speed from 0 to 60 km / h. The system also increases the speed and reduces itself. With the automatic parking system Audi, the driver can control the car comfortably from the outside using the remote control or from a smartphone.
Audi H-tron quattro concept with hydrogen fuel cell at NAIAS 2016