Recently, Audi Chairman BramSchot announced that it will increase investment in fuel cell technology.
Schot explained that the scarcity of battery raw materials and the increase in supply will ultimately drive any car manufacturer to take electrification seriously. “We decided to invest more money last week, more people are investing, more confident, we really want to speed up,” Schot said, unable to provide details about how much resources or capital investment Audi has. Decided to make with hydrogen. Schot also said that by 2021, Audi plans to launch a limited-production pilot fuel cell vehicle.
In the research and development of fuel cells, Audi has formed a partnership with Ballard in 2016 to jointly develop fuel cells. In 2018, Audi will extend the cooperation contract with Ballard for 3.5 years to August 2022, and the two sides will continue to work together to develop fuel cells. In June 2018, Audi and Hyundai Motor said that they would jointly develop fuel cell vehicles and use their collective research and development capabilities in fuel cell technology to enhance their respective positions in the fuel cell electric vehicle market. The two parties signed a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement covering a wide range of fuel cell electric vehicle parts and technologies and covering and benefiting the subsidiary/parent companies of the two companies.
For nearly 20 years, Audi has been committed to the development of fuel cells. In 2004, Audi introduced the first test car - the compact Audi A2H2. After that, the Audi Q5HFC hydrogen fuel cell test vehicle was also unveiled in 2008. In 2016, the Audi h-tronquattro concept car debuted, further demonstrating its research and development capabilities in the field of fuel cell technology. At the North American Auto Show in 2017, Audi introduced the first fuel cell SUV-h-Tron. According to the official, the car's 0-100km/h acceleration time is 7 seconds, and its maximum cruising range is 600km.
In addition to Audi, PSA Group recently announced the latest strategic plan for 2019-2021 and decided to re-invest in the production of fuel cell vehicles, but the initial product was only allocated to the B2B fleet.