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Detroit 2016 : New Audi h-tron quattro concept banks on hydrogen

After experimenting with old-fashioned electricity (e-tron) and natural gas (g-tron), Audi now presents the h-tron quattro, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell SUV concept that offers a range of up to 600 kilometres.

The vehicle uses only around one kilogram of hydrogen per 100 kilometres, and takes only about four minutes to fill the tank—much faster than charging a regular EV. As part of its electrified quattro drive, each of the two motors powers one set of wheels, and torque can be varied continuously for both axles.

The Audi h-tron quattro accelerates from 0-100 km/h in less than seven seconds and reaches a top speed of 200 km/h (limited electronically).

Measuring 4.88 metres long, 1.93 metre wide, and 1.54 metre tall, this sporty-looking concept features innovative headlights and taillights with Matrix laser OLED technology. In addition, the solar panel on the roof — the largest in the auto industry — can produce up to 320W of electricity annually and thus supply an extra 1,000 kilometres of range.

Of course, it’s way too early to talk about production, but the h-tron quattro concept could become a reality sooner than you think.