Audi’s hydrogen fuel cell tech development is being intensified as the company seeks to re-establish its h-tron program. Audi is choosing to back hydrogen after having more doubts about electric cars being able to meet customer demand in the future.
Audi chairman Bram Schot, recently announced the move to hydrogen and voiced his concerns over the future viability of battery production for electric cars. “We really want to speed it up,” Schot said, reports Autocar. “We are going to put more priority into hydrogen fuel cells – more money, more capacity of people and more confidence.”
Part of the Audi hydrogen fuel cell tech plans includes a new sixth generation HFC prototype. Schot has said that a new sixth-generation hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) prototype will be revealed by the company later in 2019. He further confirmed that a limited-volume pilot production Audi fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) model could be offered to customers by 2021 as part of a lease program.
Schot said that if electric vehicle models are here to stay than “you have to try to find the most effective and efficient way to drive electric, and then you come to hydrogen fuel cells.” Beyond simply producing vehicles, Audi hydrogen fuel cell tech development plans will also focus on attempts to create FCEVs with greater range and to reduce the requirements for charging during long journeys and when the weather is cold.