I think by now most people are privy to the diesel scandal that ripped through the Volkswagen Group, along with Audi and Porsche, where the company lied about its diesel emissions. This has caused Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche to have to pay multi-million dollar fines, issue recalls and generally deal with quite a large amount of negativity in the press for lying. However, Audi isn’t trying to defend those actions or trying to push its diesel vehicles anyway, instead it’s trying to fix its image by offering some of the best alternative fuel technology on the market.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, back in September, 2015, Audi shocked the world with its incredible Audi e-tron Quattro Concept. What the e-tron Quattro will be, regardless of name or pricing, is an all-electric SUV with 496 hp and 0-60 mph time of around 4.6 seconds. While having that sort of power and performance, the e-tron Quattro will also have a range of 310 miles. That’s an incredible blend of performance as well as efficiency, especially when adding that blend to a gorgeous coupe-like SUV with best-in-class luxury. This should make the e-tron Quattro one of the most impressive EVs on the market when it debuts in 2018.
Most recently, though, at the Detroit Auto Show a couple of weeks back, Audi showed off its h-tron Quattro Concept. The h-tron Quattro is a similar concept to the e-tron, except for the fact that it’s powered by hydrogen fuel-cells, not batteries. However, it is still driven by electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear, that develop 120 hp and 187 hp, respectively. The h-tron’s 0-60 mph time is estimated at just under 7 seconds, considerably slower than the e-tron’s claimed time for the same sprint. However, the h-tron has a considerably longer range of 372 miles and can be refueled in four minutes, unlike the e-tron’s 30 minute recharge time.
Audi is also going to be adding a plug-in hybrid e-tron version of its Q7 SUV later this year as well as having just debuted the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid hatchback. So with all of this new technology and alternative fuel, Audi could very rapidly make the diesel scandal a thing of the past. It’s also the right way to go about this, as this allows Audi to move on from the diesel-gate, as opposed to defend itself for it. Audi is showing that it’s bigger than this diesel scandal and proves it’s capable of changing the future for the better.