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Audi h-tron concept reveals hydrogen research (pictures)

Audi showed off its new h-tron concept at the Detroit auto show, giving a window into its research intro hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

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Audi revealed its h-tron concept at the Detroit auto show, giving a look at the sort of research the company is doing on fuel cell technology.

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Instead of an internal combustion engine, the h-tron uses a fuel cell stack in front and hydrogen storage tanks in the rear, producing 110 kilowatts. In addition, an onboard battery pack stores an extra 100 kilowatts of electricity.

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Audi used a car similar to its Allroad, a large wagon, for the h-tron's body, giving it plenty of internal space.

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Blue highlights in the headlamps distinguish the h-tron's clean drive technology.

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With a 90-kilowatt motor in the front and a 140-kilowatt motor in the back, receiving electricity from the fuel cell, the h-tron is a true quattro.

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As with other fuel cell vehicles, the only emission from the h-tron is water.

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Typical with concept cars, the h-tron uses cameras instead of side-view mirrors.

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More than just a drivetrain concept, Audi finished the interior of the h-tron.

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The dashboard emphasizes Audi's research into eliminating buttons and dials for infotainment control.

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Instead of its current switchgear, the h-tron uses an OLED touchscreen at the front of the console, an idea shown off in earlier Audi concepts.

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Building on the Virtual Cockpit technology Audi released in its production TT and Q7, the h-tron uses an LCD instrument panel with more futuristic graphics.

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