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Audi promises driving range of 310 miles

There must be something in the water, because there is a third hydrogen fuel cell vehicle gracing us this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. First came the near production-ready Honda HCV concept, which was then followed up by the Toyota Mirai. Now Audi is stepping into the fray with what is easily the best looking of the trio (although that isn’t hard to accomplish): the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro.
 
Like the entries from Honda and Toyota, the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro features an advanced hydrogen fuel cell stack that will allow it to travel 310 miles per tank (the Honda and Toyota will each putter out after 300 miles). The Audi also has another trick up its sleeve -- it’s also a plug-in hybrid that can provide 31 miles of electric-only travel before the fuel cell stack has to kick in. The onboard battery can be charged in two hours with a 360-volt socket, or four hours with a 230-volt socket.

 
Audi says that the 4,300 lb A7 Sportback h-tron quattro will reach 60 mph in 7.9 seconds and has a top speed of 112 mph.
 
“The A7 Sportback h-tron quattro is a genuine Audi – at once sporty and efficient. Conceived as an e-quattro, its two electric motors drive all four wheels,” explained Audi’s Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. “The h-tron concept car shows that we have mastered fuel cell technology. We are in a position to launch the production process as soon as the market and infrastructure are ready.”
 
Audi hasn’t yet announced production goals for the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro, but rest assured that even if it does reach U.S. shores, it’ll be priced well above the Toyota’s Mirai’s $57,500 MSRP.

Source: Audi





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