Audi h-tron Quattro Concept – Detailed Video Presentation

MAR 4 2016 BY MARK KANE 16

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Hydrogen fuel cell concept car – the Audi h-tron quattro concept that first unveiled at NAIAS also made an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, and attracted attention of Autogefühl.

Above you can see a very detailed presentation of this SUV, which is sharing a lot componentry with the already scheduled for production, all-electric, e-tron quattro.

If the h-tron ever actually did make to the production stage, it would certainly be well after the e-tron in 2018.

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

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16 Comments on "Audi h-tron Quattro Concept – Detailed Video Presentation"

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0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds? Meh.

For street driving, you’ll be hard pressed to make use of more. The Audi Q7 is only one second faster, at 5.5 s. For fifty years these times were unheard of for the average consumer.

However, if you must have it, I’m sure you’ll be able to get a version with a battery which can assist at more than 100 kW.

Agree that 5.5 is plenty for day to day. But not impressed with the specs. This is not even sub 4 seconds SUV! Sometimes we do not appreciate how far ahead Tesla is in electric drive autos. Audi hopes to have a car in 2018-2020 that will most likely be slower, have less range and carry fewer passengers than a Model X available today.


Hence, Meh.

372.8 mi doesn’t qualify for “less range”. It may be 320 mi EPA range, which is still more than 250 mi Model X range. Refueling time is few minutes, not whole hour, and there is expanding hydrogen station network in Germany and around, which makes it possible to drive on the left lane on Autobahn. You can even put some ski gear on the roof. And Audi dealers are in every city in Europe, people are already familiar with the brand.

I take it you have some sort of financial dependency on, or investment in, the hydrogen fueling business?

Thank goodness almost nobody is buying what you’re shoveling out.

Boring,… fuel cells are such a joke.

So the only people that will need the refuelling speed are travelling salesmen, however it will be decades before they will be able to drive wherever they want, as there simply aren’t the required number (or any infact) of the refuelling stations in the right places.

Oh and did I mention that it is extremely difficult to improve the range of a H2 vehicle beyond current levels (due to the physics of H2 storage). However batteries have plenty of theoretical potential improvement, both in terms of charge rate and energy density.


Correction: refueling time will be ten or twenty years.

Just who will buy a vehicle that uses $14/gal/kg fuel?
And even after cost reductions it’ll still cost far more than a 300 mile range EV’s that use $1.40/gal equivalent fuel.
Not fond of the H2 tank behind the rear axle, both from crashes and storage space it uses up.

When you spend around $100k for a car, your time should be valued more than $14/h, and you waste plenty of your time(=money) at charger if you drive far enough frequently enough.

H2 pressure tank may take some space, but it has strong walls, it doesn’t rupture in case of crash like your familiar gas tank with paper thick walls. Everybody in the car would be long dead before H2 tank will be damaged. Even if it will leak, H2 goes upwards at 20m/s and don’t make flame ball around like regular gas does. Just google around for pressure tank tests. H2 pressure tanks are much safe than gas car tanks.

zzzzzzzzzz said:

“H2 pressure tanks are much safe than gas car tanks.”

If they’re so safe, why do they have an expiration date? Funny how you don’t mention the problem with pure hydrogen causing metal embrittlement in holding tanks and feed pipes…

You deserve the “golden scoop shovel” award for what you’re shoveling out.

Yes even $100k car buyers care about both $14/gal fuel and even worse, not having any fuel stations.
You FC’s save time is a laugh by someone who doesn’t have a clue as EV’s are charged at home taking 20 seconds to plug in.
Can the H2FC do that?
Well before this fiasco hits the road the few times a 200-300 mile range EV will need fast charging it will only take 15
And if they sell it at $100k they will have to subsidize it by $100k.
Vs an EV selling for $50k then.
So go buy a H2FC car and let us know how it works out. You deserve it.

That some powerful drugs you are taking. The DoT tests of hydrogen tanks under controlled leakage amount to a flamethrower. The entire system, from the tank, through the fittings and the hoses are all susceptible to leakage especially during a crash. 5,000-10,000 psi makes for a nice blowtorch. Go look up videos of CNG busses burning. They have less pressure and the flame is more visible, but the heat….

Next, when do you actually get short refueling at a hydrogen filling station? There are none that are really ready for high volume consumer use, so the times now can rival Supercharger times, especially if you show up right after someone else. The costs are also staggering.

Hydrogen makes sense for long haul trucking over a very limited number of routes where the vehicles are under professional maintenance and inspection as well as limited desired destinations. Pushing to small light passenger vehicles makes no sense at this juncture.

Uno,dos,tres, catorce… skip the Quattro.

Keep the change 🙂

Thanks. Haha!