Over this past weekend the Audi Q5 Hybrid Fuel Cell (HFC) was unveiled at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, Germany. The Audi Q5 FCV contains two 10,000 psi compressed hydrogen tanks for extended driving range.
The PEM fuel cell is rated at 98 kw and the Q5 Fuel Cell uses two 90 kw electric motors mounted close to the wheels. The Audi also uses a 1.3 kwh lithium ion battery pack to provide the hybrid oomph and extend the range.
The Audi Q5 HFC participated in the InterCity Rally which is 186 miles long and winds around the German state of Brandenburg. But the Audi fuel cell vehicle was not the automaker’s only green auto to participate.
The Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro and the Audi A3 TCNG (powered by natural gas) was also part of the Challenge. The point of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum was to speed, endurance and safety.
In years past I had driven the Audi A2H2 which is still one of my favorite hydrogen autos to date. It’s quick, fast, corners well and I could easily see myself getting a speeding ticket in this vehicle (or a variation of) one day.
Even though the media and spectators only got a glimpse and little in-depth information about the Audi Q5 Hybrid Fuel Cell, one would expect many more details to come rolling out over the months to come. I’ll keep you posted.