Detroit LIVE: Audi h-tron quattro concept

Detroit LIVE: Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi unveiled a new fuel cell vehicle concept in Detroit Monday, showing off its interpretation of the potential of FCV technology in future vehicle applications.

The h-tron quattro concept departs from other electric vehicle concepts Audi has shown recently by eschewing the now-conventional battery-electric approach in favor of a fuel cell setup.

The SUV-style concept utilizes two electric motors–one paired to each axle–powered by a 110kW hydrogen fuel cell and a battery that can put out a burst of up to 100 kW to temporarily augment the fuel cell’s power output.

Audi claims the concept would have a theoretical 0-62 mph time just shy of seven seconds and be capable of a range of nearly 373 miles (600 kilometers).

The concept also shows off autonomous car tech that Audi expects to enter its mainstream vehicles with the introduction of the 2017-model-year A8 sedan. These features include autonomous parking and low-speed, stop-and-go piloting (under 60 km/h).

Live photos by Brian Williams.