Car customers know that the main disadvantage of a battery-powered electric vehicle is the battery limitations and its charging time. Throughout the years, the most possible eco-friendly concept of a car is represented by the hybrid ones. However, we also know that times are changing, and so is technology. However, during the Detroit’s 2016 Auto Show, Audi, one of the companies famous for its cars, had shown us a very impressive concept, especially in their hydrogen-powered cars. There are many hydrogen-powered cars out there, so to say. However, the Audi h-tron Quattro, despite being a hydrogen-powered one, takes this technology a notch higher than others.
Noticeably being heavily-based on Audi’s e-tron concept during Frankfurt’s Auto Show, this one promises all of us a lot of things. Aside from quiet driving and an AWD drivetrain, this car can reach a 124 mph top speed and is capable of hitting 62 mph in less than 7 seconds. Consuming a kilogram of hydrogen every 62 miles, this four-seater combines 121-hp front-driving electric motor power along with 188-hp electric motor in its four wheels. If a supplemental lithium-ion battery is included, its 148-hp hydrogen fuel cell can deliver temporary accelerations on up to 134 additional horsepower. As a total, it will run in a whopping 591 horsepower, along with a total of 406 lb-ft torque.
What’s remarkable with the car’s 1.8-kWh battery, however, is that it only weighs 132 pounds and is powered by the hydrogen fuel stack through braking power regeneration and solar panels in the car’s roof. Thus, the automaker claims that it has an average of additional 621 miles of range per year. And even though it comes by the name of Quattro, the h-tron actually runs as a front-wheel drive at light throttle and low speed openings, using up its battery power than the power from its fuel cell. Consuming fuel cell power starts when the battery power runs lows or if the car’s overall power demand increases.
- Drivetrain : AWD
- Power : 591-hp
- Torque : 406 lb-ft
- 0-62 mph : ~7 seconds
- Top Speed : 124 mph