Audi is following up the q-tron quattro SUV concept that it revealed late last year with a new hydrogen-powered version, called the h-tron quattro concept. The hydrogen fuel-cell h-tron quattro concept debuted today at the Detroit Auto Show as a demonstration of how the technology can be applied to a future Audi SUV, and the best part? The h-tron quattro concept has an electric car-smashing driving range of up to 373 miles.
The h-tron quattro concept is uses hydrogen as its main power source that combines with a fuel-cell system to deliver up to 110 kW with a battery that provides a temporary boost of up to 100 kW. The power is sent to the ground via two electric motors – one at the front and one at the rear – which gives the h-tron quattro concept true all-wheel drive capability. The front electric motor develops 90 kW, and its rear counterpart 140 kW. Accelerating from 0-62 mph can be done in under seven seconds and Audi says that it will only take about four minutes to refuel the hydrogen tanks.
Audi hasn’t announced when the hydrogen fuel-cell technology will debut in a production vehicle, but both the h-tron quattro and e-tron quattro concepts are expected to be a preview of Audi’s upcoming Q6 e-tron electric SUV. The all-electric SUV will go head-to-head with the Tesla Model X when it arrives some time in 2018.
Images via Mike Chino for Inhabitat and Audi