First the Honda FCV, then the Toyota Mirai, and now Audi are the latest to step up to the plate in the in hydrogen powered car arena. The Audi A7 H-Tron Quattro is now the third car at the Los Angeles Auto Show to reveal what it has got when it comes to the latest in alternatively powered vehicles.
Similarly to the previous two, the Audi A7 H-tron has a hydrogen fuel stack that is able to achieve 310 miles on one tank, 10 more than what the Japanese could muster up. The A7 also boasts the ability to provide an additional 31 miles of electric-only driving, as it is a plug in hybrid. The battery can be charged in two hours with 360-volts or four hours with 230 volts.
This hydrogen powered sport back can go from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 112 mph, not quite on par with petrol alternatives but definitely a good start considering the infancy of this technology.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenburg says that, “The A7 Sport back h-tron quattro is a genuine Audi – at once sporty and efficient. Conceived as an e-quattro, its two electric motors drive all four wheels”, “The h-tron concept car shows that we have mastered fuel cell technology. We are in a position to launch the production process as soon as the market and infrastructure are ready.”
Targets for production re yet to be confirmed by Audi.