Hydrogen-powered Audi h-tron concept previews future tech

2016 Audi h-tron concept Detroit

Two motors good for 282 hp in short bursts

Audi pulled the sheets of its h-tron quattro concept at the Detroit auto show on Monday. The brand says the h-tron uses hydrogen as its fuel source to create electricity, delivering 110 kW (148 hp) under normal circumstances, but has a temporary boost of 100 kW (134 hp) when needed.

The h-tron has two electric motors on the front and rear axles, “a new evolutionary level of quattro drive,” says Audi. The front motor delivers 90 kW while the rear produces 140 kW. That makes the h-tron good for a 0-60 time of 7 seconds, solid for an efficiency-focused electric vehicle. Audi says its range is about 372 miles, while a tank of hydrogen takes about 4 minutes to refill.

The h-tron concept comes with several technologies slated for future Audis, some of which will go into production as early as 2017. Audi’s zFas system “computes a model of the car’s surroundings in real time and makes this information available” to all of the autonomous systems like piloted driving and parking. It’ll basically drive itself at speeds up to 37 mph.

We’ll see a lot of this tech on the next Audi A8 sedan; stay tuned.