More hydrogen fuel cell vehicles may be on the way. Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen, did not have a great year. With its emissions cheating scandal going on and on in the press, the image of the brand, and its group, is tarnished.
It will cost Volkswagen a lot, not only to make things right, but also to restore its credibility. One thing that would possibly help improve the public perception would be to promote their future plans in sustainable vehicles. That is why it is believed that an Audi hydrogen powered vehicle, specifically an SUV-type, concept in 2016.
Though not confirmed, it’s likely the Audi hydrogen powered vehicle will be a modification of the Q6 e-tron electric SUV. You could call this an h-tron variant, where the h could represent hydrogen. An earlier Quattro concept, the all-electric e-tron, was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, where it was seen as move against Tesla’s Model X vehicle.
The extent of confirmation only reaches that a concept from the automaker will be revealed at the show, and it will have new drive technology. However, with Audi’s application to trademark ‘h-tron,’ there is evidence that hydrogen will become a mainstay in the lineup of available vehicles.
It’s possible that this new concept, the Audi Q6 h-tron, will have a hydrogen fuel cell power base similar to the Audi A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro. As the engines are already allowed for, the batteries would simply need to be exchanged for the fuel cells. It’s also likely that from a visual standpoint, only minor changes would be made, and the Audi hydrogen powered vehicle would become a part of the Q6 product assortment with its related gasoline-powered cars.