Audi A7 Fuel Cell Vehicle under development - report

2011 Audi A7 Sportback
2011 Audi A7 Sportback

Set to begin testing in August

According to a recent report, Audi is developing an A7 with a fuel cell powertrain.

Little is known about the model, but Autocar is reporting Audi will begin testing the car towards the end of August. They go on to speculate that Audi is developing the car as an extension of their eco-friendly "-tron" range.

There's no word on how the powertrain will work, but Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCVs) normally generate electricity via an electro-chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. This electricity is then sent to a battery or an electric motor.

Audi's last FCV, the Q5 Hybrid Fuel Cell (HFC) prototype, used a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, two high-pressure hydrogen cylinders and a 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery. The system sent power to two electric motors which enabled the model to have a combined maximum output of 122 HP (90 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque.

Source: Autocar

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Hydrogen is the future, companies should invest in the development of hydrogen engines and sources, instead of trying to make batteries to retain more charge.
May 31st, 2013 5:02pm
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Madness Madness
Hydrogen may seem like the ideal solution on paper, but theres still major issues in the production and storage of H2. If a H2 tank is punctured in a car crash, it will explode like a Michael Bay movie, unlike any sort of petrol fire, not to mention that a H2 flame would be very difficult to see in bright daylight as it doesn't burn with an orange flame like other fuels... Huge health and safety risks might mean widespread use of H2 will become unfeasible. Ultra/nanocapacitors are the future... Thats where to invest...
May 31st, 2013 5:41pm
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Ivo_205 Ivo_205
On the other hand, hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe so it would be foolish not to look into it. Plus I imagine people would drive very carefully if instant death by invisible fire awaits. ;-)
May 31st, 2013 6:29pm
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