Audi debuts hydrogen-fueled electric A7
Audi confirmed off a brand new development car at the la auto express, a fuel cell-battery hybrid car known as the A7 h-tron.
Los angeles — Most battery and gasoline cell vehicles are usually compact models transformed to run on electrical energy. At the los angeles auto convey, I used to be sitting at the wheel of one thing much larger, an Audi A7 adaptation with motors on the entrance and rear wheels.
This was once the Audi A7 h-tron, a new construction car letting Audi explore the potential for a protracted-vary 0 emission automobile. I couldn’t assist but assume the car was designed to compete with the Tesla edition S.
Packaged in the car, I was instructed by Oscar De Silva Martins, Audi’s head of communications, the place 4 hydrogen tanks storing about 5 kilograms of hydrogen. Audi notes that, with the auto’s gas cell producing electricity, it might probably go one hundred kilometers (62 miles) on 1 kilogram (2.2 kilos) of hydrogen.
I have pushed hydrogen gasoline cars earlier than, most lately the 2016 Toyota Mirai, also on display at the los angeles auto convey. But Audi gave the A7 h-tron a singular twist, an 8.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery percent that may be charged from the grid as well as taking pictures electricity from regenerative braking. Martins informed me that the A7 h-tron lets driver select whether or not to run off the battery percent or hydrogen tanks, or let the car handle the utilization.
With full hydrogen tanks and charged battery percent, the A7 h-tron has a range of over 340 miles. As with other gas cell autos, the one emission is a small quantity of water.
Inside the cabin were standard A7 model cabin appointments, corresponding to a dial on the console for controlling content on the dashboard-hooked up lcd. Then again, instead of a tachometer the car confirmed an influence gauge, and the gas level indicated how a lot hydrogen was once left in the automotive.
Hanging it in pressure and urgent the accelerator, the A7 h-tron glided ahead as smooth as any electrical automobile. Throughout my short pressure in downtown la, the front and rear wheel motors labored in symphony, neither seeming to dominate the force equation. The place i have felt a type of pull in front-wheel driven electrical vehicles, the A7 h-tron felt extra neutral between front and rear.
Missing was much in the best way of fast acceleration from a cease. Audi places its 0 to 62 mph figure at 7.9 2nds, which is way more leisurely than I’ve come to expect from the company’s manufacturing automobiles. Then again, stabbing the accelerator while underway result in that instant torque feeling you get from electric automobiles.
This pressure experience was once excellent, if sedate, displaying that Audi could also be on target in developing any such hybrid hydrogen-battery drive train. The car may be very practical, if it weren’t for the dismal lack of hydrogen fueling stations currently on hand on this planet.