Audi A7 h-tron Proves Hydrogen-Powered Cars Can Look Good

Hydrogen fuel cell cars have been the talk of the LA Auto Show and Audi has arguably the best looking one at the show.

The A7 Sportback h-tron demonstrator has been put together to show off Audi’s capability when it comes to hydrogen fuel cell cars. Estimated range sits at 310 miles on hydrogen alone, while total output is 170 kilowatts. The front wheels are powered by the fuel cell while the rears are driven by a plug-in hybrid battery and electric motor, which means the car has full electronic management of torque distribution as there is no mechanical link between the front and rear wheels.

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When the rear-end hybrid system is fully charged (which takes between two and four hours), it adds roughly 31 miles of range on its own, taking the total for the car up to 341 miles. Audi says that car only uses 2.2 pounds of hydrogen to cover 62.1 miles, which is the equivalent of a whopping 63.5 mpg if the A7 ran on gasoline, all while emitting nothing more than water.

“The h-tron concept car shows that we have also mastered fuel cell technology,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, head of development at Audi. “We are in a position to launch the production process as soon as the market and infrastructure are ready.”

The h-tron tips the scales at 4,299 pounds, can sprint to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds and has a top speed of 111 mph. Audi calls this car a “sound option for sustainable mobility with no emissions.”

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