Audi H-tron Quattro Concept At 2016 NAIAS

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Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, next to the Audi h-tron quattro concept, at the 2016 North American Auto Show in Detroit.

Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, next to the Audi h-tron quattro concept, at the 2016 North American Auto Show in Detroit.

from left: Captain Eugene Cernan; Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America; Marc Lichte, Head of Design of AUDI AG; Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG and Dr. Stefan Knirsch, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development, next to the Audi h-tron quattro concept, at the 2016 North American Auto Show in Detroit.

Bunch of Guys Who Seem Please (from left): Captain Eugene Cernan; Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America; Marc Lichte, Head of Design of AUDI AG; Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG and Dr. Stefan Knirsch, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development

As expected, Audi unveiled at the 2016 NAIAS a hydrogen fuel cell concept car – the h-tron quattro concept – in citric yellow.

Of course, this particular model shares a lot with the previously unveiled and scheduled for production in 2018 all-electric Q6 e-tron quattro. (Full details on the EV here)

Audi h-tron quattro concept is all-wheel-drive using two motors (one per axle) for a total of 230 kW of peak power (90 kW front and 140 kW rear). That’s enough to accelearate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 7 seconds.

Total range using three hydrogen tanks stands at 600 kilometers (372.8 mi), which isn’t that much more than the upcoming high-end all-electric models (e-tron quattro is to be rated at 500 km/310 miles). We should note there is no test cycle information for range on the FCV. The advantage for hydrogen however could be 4 minutes to refuel the tanks – if the infrastructure ever becomes readily available.

The hydrogen fuel cell can deliver up to 110 kW of power – the rest is provided by batteries (temporarily up to 100 kW in additional power).

The h-tron quattro concept brings also some glimpses of piloted driving, which will be implemented in production models in the future:

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

“The Audi h-tron quattro concept also provides a foretaste of the technologies for piloted driving and parking that will go into production in 2017 with the next generation of the Audi A8 full-size sedan. Piloted driving at Audi revolves around the central driver assistance controller (zFAS). It computes a model of the car’s surroundings in real time and makes this information available to the assistance systems and the piloted driving and parking systems. The latter can assume driving tasks during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph).”

Whether we will see the h-tron in production is unclear.

Quick specs:

  • AWD with two electric motors (90 kW front and 140 kW rear) for total 230 kW
  • 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) in under 7 seconds
  • up to 600 km (372.8 mi) of range
  • hydrogen fuel cell stack power 110 kW (temporary battery pack outpu up to 100 kW)
Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Let’s check more images of Audi’s h-tron quattro concept architecture. The car is equipped with three hydrogen tanks – one of them compromises the rear trunk space, and there is no frunk at all:

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Fuel cell - operating principle

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Fuel cell – operating principle

Traction batteries are located in the middle – probably at least several kWh of lithium-ion, we guess:

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Drivetrain

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Drivetrain

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Drivetrain

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Drivetrain

Audi h-tron quattro concept - High voltage components

Audi h-tron quattro concept – High voltage components

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Fuel cell

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Fuel cell

Interior shots:

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Cockpit

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Cockpit

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Design Sketch

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Detail

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Detail

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Detail

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Detail

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Interior

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Interior

More photos and videos from the stage:

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Design Sketch

Press release:

Sporty, efficient and thoroughly connected – Audi at the NAIAS 2016
January 11, 2016 | INGOLSTADT/DETROIT

World debuts in Detroit: Audi A4 allroad quattro and Audi h-tron quattro concept
New operating concept: touchscreens with haptic feedback
All photos and content available online at  http://www.audi-med iacenter.com/en/naias-2016

The Audi A4 allroad quattro and the technology study Audi h-tron quattro concept: Their world debuts enable the brand with the four rings to showcase the innovation fields of Audi quattro, connectivity and fuel cell technology at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

The new Audi A4 allroad quattro takes to the floor at Detroit with a sharper design – with striking front end and a typical “allroad” look. Its quattro drive as standard and the 34 millimeter (1.3 in) gain in ground clearance make it the perfect automobile for every situation – including away from paved roads. The available engines are powerful but also efficient: They deliver an output of up to 200 kW (272 hp).

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Design Sketch

High-end options such as the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI navigation plus with the new MMI operating concept underline the level of comfort and convenience offered by the new Audi A4 allroad quattro. The diverse Audi connect services link  the driver and passengers with the Internet via the high-speed LTE standard. There is also a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems. Particular highlights include the predictive efficiency assistant, adaptive cruise control Stop&Go including traffic jam assist and trailer assist that makes it easier to maneuver the outfit.

High range, swift refueling, sporty road performance: The technology study   Audi h-tron quattro concept demonstrates the huge potential of fuel cell technology. This model, which Audi is unveiling for the first time, has all-electric drive – using hydrogen as its energy source. It combines state-of-the-art fuel cell technology delivering up to 110 kW with a battery that provides a temporary boost of up to 100 kW.

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Design Sketch

Two electric motors on the front and rear axles represent a new evolutionary level of quattro drive – the electrified quattro. The electric motor on the front axle develops 90 kW, and its rear counterpart 140 kW. The sporty SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) in under seven seconds. Its hydrogen tanks can be refueled safely and easily in around four minutes; a range of up to 600 kilometers (372.8 mi) is possible.

The Audi h-tron quattro concept also provides a foretaste of the technologies for piloted driving and parking that will go into production in 2017 with the next generation of the Audi A8 full-size sedan. Piloted driving at Audi revolves around the central driver assistance controller (zFAS). It computes a model of the car’s surroundings in real time and makes this information available to the assistance systems and the piloted driving and parking systems. The latter can assume driving tasks during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph).

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

Audi h-tron quattro concept – Design Sketch

The NAIAS 2016 is the first event in the United States at which Audi is presenting the A4 Sedan to a wide audience. It builds on the success story of the high-volume model with new cutting-edge technologies on board. It redefines the benchmark for weight, aerodynamics, acoustic comfort, storage space and driver assistance systems. Highly efficient engines, the safe and sporty quattro drive and extensive connectivity are other virtues of the new Audi A4 Sedan.

Audi complements its operating and display concepts with even larger displays and a new interpretation of joy of use. At the Detroit show, an interactive interior model is used to evoke a concept based around large screens with touch control. Haptic feedback is provided every time an option is selected, making touch control car- friendly, safe and convenient.”

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

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27 responses to "Audi H-tron Quattro Concept At 2016 NAIAS"

  1. offib says:

    That’s what irked me about fuel cells.

    They’re pretty much bound to a class of expensive, but un-potent, massive vehicles.

    It seems to be rather difficult to make them scalalble. That’s why we wouldn’t see any of these boasting about performance, or flirting with Model S figures.

    Down scaling seems even worse – and almost never thought of. Smaller cells only operate best as range extenders (expensive ones at that too) which aren’t the major fuel source of the vehicle.

  2. KUD says:

    Just another Foolcell

  3. HVACman says:

    The underpinnings look kind of like the Bolt – except for three massive fuel tanks, a big fuel cell, NO charge ports, an unavailable, expensive fuel, and probably twice the price. Wow, this h-tron is a sporty performer and even goes 0-60 in under 7 seconds. Didn’t I just hear that about the…..Bolt?

    The Bolt is the final nail in the H2 coffin.
    Good job GM!

    1. offib says:

      Imagine reading this over a decade ago!

    2. Yeah looking at that cutaway of all the subsystems necessary to make the H2 portion work…. kind of strikes me as the opposite of what would work in smaller vehicles and less expensive vehicles. Not really simplifying anything. All to save a couple of minutes in refueling time… what a waste of effort.

  4. Dave S says:

    I’m not sure I’d want to sit on or near pressurized hydrogen in an accident. Seems like that back tank is in the crumple zone.

  5. 2013VOLT says:

    Got to love the extreme pressure hydrogen tank stored in what is basically the center console. Sounds very comforting having that there, lol.

  6. nwdiver says:

    More H2 fuel cells?!? Now they’re just out right calling us idiots…

    1. goodbyegascar says:

      I wonder if this is the result of some back channel funding from the fossil fuel industry.

      If Volkswagen is facing such dire financial straits, how else could they possibly devote so many resources to something as hopelessly irrational and stupid as a car powered by liquid hydrogen?

        1. Three Electrics says:

          How about Daimler, BMW, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai and GM?

          1. Rich says:

            The UAE owns largest share of Daimler (Mercedes Benz)

            http://www.cbsnews.com/news/abu-dhabi-becomes-biggest-daimler-shareholder/

            If you find out about the other, please share the info.

      1. Ambulator says:

        goodbyegascar said: “…car powered by liquid hydrogen?”

        No one is pushing liquid hydrogen any more. They’re all high pressure gas.

    2. Rich says:

      Make no mistake, VW have been calling us idiots for at least a decade.

  7. wraithnot says:

    “The advantage for hydrogen however could be 4 minutes to refuel the tanks – if the infrastructure ever becomes readily available.”

    That’s not an inherent advantage of hydrogen vehicles over EVs- I’ve refueled my Model S in 4 minutes at the Tesla battery swap station at Harris Ranch multiple times. Granted there are even fewer battery swap stations than hydrogen fueling stations. But if the four minute refueling time is really that big of a deal then Tesla just has to build more battery swap stations.

    1. MDEV says:

      Not true Vancouver invested millions in H2 buses and infrastructure and was a total failure, they scrapped the program. H2 has not future.
      http://gas2.org/2015/03/10/vancouver-ends-hydrogen-bus-program-amid-high-costs/

  8. goodbyegascar says:

    Someday, I hope to read an expose that reveals the real reason that Toyota and Audi are promoting hydrogen as a fuel for electric cars.

    There has got to be something they are not telling us.

    1. RexxSee says:

      Partnership with Gas & Oil companies?

      1. goodbyegascar says:

        That’s my hunch.

        Notice all the cool tech features, insinuating that hydrogen is what makes it all possible.

  9. goodbyegascar says:

    VAG fooled everyone with their “clean diesel” scam.

    Judging from these promotional videos, hydrogen gives Volkswagen a “re-fooling” time of less than four minutes.

  10. Kakkerlak says:

    Gene Cernan has been driving hydrogen fuel cell vehicles since the 70’s. But he left his last one parked on the Moon.

  11. Suresh says:

    Hey vw employees, tesla is hiring.

  12. Someone out there says:

    I guess we don’t need any storage space in the future?

  13. Pete Bauer says:

    China has clearly decided to go with Electric vehicles.

    Europe is rapidly moving towards Electric vehicles.

    USA is slowly moving towards Electric vehicles.

    So where will Audi sell these FCVs. Will they sell it in Japan.
    Sorry Japanese don’t buy imported cars, besides FCV sales in Japan is unknown at this point of time.

    I hope VW group better focus on selling their eGolf eUp, eTron in every part of the World.

  14. MTN Ranger says:

    Ahh, the Audi H-Bomb. No thanks.

    1. Someone out there says:

      the Audi Hindenburg

  15. Phr3d says:

    quoth:

    AWD with two electric motors (90 kW front and 140 kW rear) for total 230 kW
    hydrogen fuel cell stack power 110 kW (temporary battery pack outpu up to 100 kW)

    disquoth.

    this thing runs directly from the fuel stack? First I’ve heard of that, else battery-pack output seems a bit lacking?

    I realize that there are few eng-gyn-neers left with all the senseless sniping and parroting, but should a Knowledgeable reader see this — am I missing something?