At the Michelin Challenge Bibendum on May 18 to 22, Audi had put its experimental Q5 Hybrid Fuel Cell (HFC) on display. This event, which took place at old Berlin airport (Tempelhof), aimed to showcase sustainable mobility technologies.
Through the Q5 HFC, Audi studies whether combining hydrogen fuel cell technology with a hybrid drivetrain will lead to greater range and efficiency over a standard hydrogen-power car (which develops electricity for a vehicle to run).
Two high-pressure cylinders are featured on the Q5 HFC. The hydrogen in these cylinders is stored at a pressure rate of 700 bar (10,153 psi). The fuel cell is composed of a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) and produces 98 kW (133 PS / 131 bhp).
A 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery stores energy while the Q5 is driven by two electric motors positioned near the wheels, with a combined output of 90 kW (122 PS / 121 bhp) and up to 420 Nm (309.78 lb-ft) of torque.
Audi didn’t release details on fuel economy and range; however, it’s understandable since the model is in its very early stages of testing. All hydrogen-powered cars emit only water and no CO2 but this Q5 HFC is the closest thing we have to a hydrogen fuel cell car that’s viable in the real world.
Michelin Challenge Bibendum is known as one of the biggest sustainable mobility forums in the world. To be held in Tempelholf (formerly an airport in Berlin), the forum is set to take place from the 18th until the 22nd of May. There will be an exhibit of 120 alternative and resource-efficient driven concepts, which include five technology studies as well as production units from Audi.
Rally races, which will be held on Wednesday the 18th of May, are going to be part of the most outstanding and wide ranging events in the forum. There will be performance tests and handling tests before the commencement of the car races at ADAC Road Safety Centex in Linthe (Southwest of Berlin). The distance that the rally will be covering is 125 kilometres (78 miles) and the finish line is going to be near Potsdam. Audi’s A3 sports-back e-tron will also be entering the competition.
The 18th of May is going to be an even bigger day as the Intercity Rally which will cover 300 kilometres (186 miles) will be held in Brandenburg, Germany. The competition is going to be a fun filled event including safety tests for passenger vehicles. Four Audi vehicles will participate in this long distance race: the A3 TCNG powered by natural gas, the Q5 HFC which has a fuel cell power system, the Q5 Hybrid Quattro and the Audi A8 which has the new 3.0 TDI generating 150kw (with an output of 204 hp).
This very efficient luxury sedan will be competing in the Eco Driving Challenge on May 22. Those who participate will cover the distance of 300 kilometres (186 miles) as fast as they could while using up as little fuel as possible. Audi has been providing publicity for the event “Ride and Drive” as it will be another exclusive and outstanding event. This will be an exciting opportunity for specialists, journalists and the general public to test the rally vehicles.
Audi will be emphasizing its philosophy on balanced mobility, which is defined as mobility that is in agreement with nature and the society. Audi’s e-gas project will be launched and will be introducing viable sources of energy such as wind power. This is to promote electricity-, hydrogen- and methane-operated vehicles as they help to save the environment while saving energy.