Audi has acquired from Ballard Power Systems a “package of patents” regarding fuel cell technology which means these fuel cell patents will be put to good use in future FCVs. The Ingolstadt-based automaker didn’t go into too many details but did say this purchase will serve as a foundation for development of fuel cell systems not only for Audi but also for the entire Volkswagen Group.
Audi has extended its collaboration with the Canadian clean energy company Ballard Power Systems until 2019 and Audi’s Head of Development Prof. Hackenberg declared that “the entire VW Group will use these patents.” As a consequence, we will be seeing more alternatively powered products from the Volkswagen Group to join the already impressive array of plug-in hybrid vehicles while fully electric cars are also on their way.
These fuel cell patents will probably allow Audi to evolve the technology found in the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept which was unveiled back in November last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. That was actually a fuel cell hydrogen vehicle with a plug-in hybrid setup featuring four hydrogen tanks, two front & rear electric motors and a 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.