Recently, at Audi’s Future Performance Event in Madrid, Audi spoke about some new groundbreaking technology in the form of alternative fuels. According to Auto Express, one of the main things Audi discussed was the fact that the brand is working on hydrogen fuel cell technology to power a production car. “Audi is poised to go into volume production with fuel cells as soon as the market and public infrastructure justify this move,” According to Dr. Rene Van Doorne, who told this to Auto Express.
Audi had previously created the A7 h-tron prototype, which was a rolling test bed for fuel cell technology. The h-tron was capable of getting from 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds, which is pretty quick for a fuel cell powered car, and return more than 300 mile of range.
This new push for h-tron technology is just one part of Audi’ plan to add an electric variant to all of its models. These variants can come in various forms of either full EVs, plug-in hybrids or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. In 2016, a 48 volt hybrid will be launched. However, don’t fear that Audi will negate its petrol and diesel-powered cars. Audi will still maintain a constant push for new internal combustion technology and performance, “We will not neglect development of our internal combustion engines,” said Dr Rudiger Chmielewski, head of total vehicle development. He continued to say that Audi will improve the technology of all kinda of fuel.
Audi isn’t just stopping at new fuel, however. At the Future Performance event, Audi showcased a new type of electronic damper that absorbs the kinetic energy from road impacts and bumps, turns it into electricity and uses it to power interior components, like Audi’s MMI system. It’s not much, but it’s something to add range to electric vehicles.
Audi is working hard to develop new means of transportation and much of it is very exciting. Within the next few years we should see the Q7 e-tron, Q6 e-tron Quattro and some sort of h-tron vehicle. The future looks bright for Audi, which is a refreshing change of pace with the diesel scandal currently underway.