Hot topics

Audi will have a hydrogen car ready by 2021

audi ces 2019
© nextpit

Read in other languages:

Following the Geneva Motor Show, which focused solely on electric or hybrid vehicles, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Audi, Brian Schot, has confirmed that the automaker will increase its investment in the fuel cell, the basis of the hydrogen vehicle. The goal is clear: making the company's first hydrogen car by 2021.

The hybrid variants of the Audi Q5, A6, A7 Sportback and A8, as well as the electric prototype Audi Q4 e-Tron concept, were the models that the German manufacturer brought to the Geneva fair, confirming that gradually it is placing more importance on its electric vehicles. However, the company has now revealed that in two years we will see its first hydrogen vehicle.

androidpit audi etron
We were able to see the Audi e-tron S5 at CES 2019 in Las Vegas / © NextPit

And the fact is that betting everything on the electric vehicle can be a risky strategy. According to Schot, the main problem comes from the shortage of raw materials required to manufacture batteries. A major drawback that hydrogen vehicles does not suffer from, since they do not need this type of battery. However, the latter require an almost non-existent charging infrastructure, and are linked to a process of obtaining hydrogen that can be highly polluting.

"At the end of the day, batteries are not enough, if you want to go all the way, you need the fuel cell," said Schot. That's why Audi will increase investment in this technology, with the goal of developing a first prototype for 2019, and launch a model ready for the market in 2021. The next step, large-scale production, should come in the second half of the decade, although exact dates have not been confirmed.

hyundai fcev nexo hydrogen car Hyundai 01
At the moment very few charging stations for hydrogen cars exist. / © Hyundai

All this is coupled with the parallel change that Audi wants to make - going from the combustion engines to the electric. During the presentation of their 2018 economic results, the German company presented their roadmap. It details the launch of some 30 hybrid electric vehicles by 2025.

What do you think? Is it time for the big manufacturers to start taking hydrogen cars seriously? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Audi, Motor Pasion

 The Best Portable Projectors in 2024

  The best choice The best value for money The best for less The all-rounder The challenger The best laser TV
Image Xgimi Halo+ Product Image Dangbei Neo Product Image Technaxx TX-127 Product Image Samsung Freestyle Product Image Nebula Anker Capsule 3 Laser Product Image Formovie Theater Product Image

To find out more, browse through our comprehensive Portable Projectors buying guide.

Go to comment (0)
Liked this article? Share now!
Recommended articles
Latest articles
Push notification Next article
No comments
Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing
Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing