Audi puts solar-assisted, hydrogen-powered Audi h-tron quattro in the spotlight

Published: 11 January 2016

► Audi h-tron concept uses hydrogen and solar power
► Claimed range of up to 372 miles on a single tank
► 0-62mph in under 7.0 seconds, top speed of 124mph

Audi is showing off its latest fuel cell technology at the Detroit motor show with this, the h-tron quattro concept.

It packs the fifth generation of the Volkswagen Audi Group’s fuel cell technology, which features a 110kW nose-mounted fuel cell and an on-board, on-demand power boost of 100kW supplied by a lithium-ion battery.

These power two electrics motors, one on each axle, granting the concept four-wheel drive. The 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in less than 7.0sec, while the h-tron is limited to 124mph. Peak torque is a heady 406lb ft, so it’ll likely perform like a very responsive, large displacement diesel-engined SUV.

Filling it up, if you somehow found it in your possession and lived near one of the UK’s handful of hydrogen stations, would reputedly take you a tolerable four minutes. Thanks to three hydrogen tanks the h-tron concept will travel some 372 miles before needing another refuelling stop.

The concept also benefits from a solar panel-covered roof, which helps fractionally improve the Audi’s efficiency. It also packs several quirky design features, including curved OLED displays inside, but a production version is unlikely. 

Read more of CAR’s Detroit motor show coverage here.

By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car