Audi turns to hydrogen at NAIAS with h-tron concept
Audi has unveiled a technology study at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as the Audi h-tron quattro concept. This hydrogen fuel cell vehicle includes both advanced fuel cell technology and forward-thinking piloted driving tech.
The h-tron concept combines a 110 kW fuel cell (at peak) stack and a 100 kW-capable battery with two electric motors, one on each axle. The electric motor on the front axle delivers 90 kW (121 hp) and the rear axle motor produces 140 kW (188 hp). This gives a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration of under seven seconds, Audi says. The company has not released torque values for the motors.
The on-board hydrogen tanks in the h-tron quattro hold enough fuel to power the vehicle up to 600 kilometers (372.8 miles) in one fill.
Piloted driving and automated parking are also being showcased in the h-tron. These technologies are planned for production in 2017 with the new A8 sedan. A new zFAS driver assistance controller centers the technology from the user's perspective, computing the surroundings of the car in real-time. This gives the driver the option of allowing the car to take control during stop-and-go traffic at speeds up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph) and during self-parking maneuvers.