The LA Auto Show held these days has had as great protagonist hydrogen a fuel that enables zero-emission vehicle use good autonomy and that all the experts is the future of the automotive industry. But it is a very long-term future for the interests of the oil and the cost of a radical change in the way we produce and use energy.
It could only be in the United States specifically in California which came a revolution like this. And it except South Korea where Hyundai already has a production model and in Germany California is where you can find a "hidrogenera" in which to refuel these vehicles. Therefore in the Hall of Los Angeles have shown three important innovations the h-tron Audi Toyota Mirai and Honda FCV Concept.
The first of these is the h-tron Audi A7 which is a more futuristic evolution of the concept of the Audi e-tron. Under this designation of e-tron concept of plug-in hybrid car hides a thermal propulsion and electric but with the added bonus of being able to plug the car at home or in the office every day to recharge your batteries. For this concept plug is now added one more aspect which instead of bringing a heat engine petrol or diesel in this case includes a hydrogen fuel cell to from hydrogen stored in the tank and oxygen air electricity and water occurs.
The Audi A7 h-tron is currently only a prototype but its numbers are worthy of note: 7.9 seconds for the 0-100 km / h or 180 km / h top speed moved only by electricity and either battery or produced in situ by the hydrogen fuel cell. Autonomy announcing the brand with the four rings to run with the battery disconnected and hydrogen using only the batteries is 50 kilometers. And more than 500 kilometers of full autonomy.
The car features four-wheel drive has a drive assembly 230 hp and becomes a new benchmark in the segment of hydrogen vehicles. For now it is only a prototype but the technology is there.
Another novelty shown in Los Angeles is not a prototype but it is a real production vehicle the Toyota Mirai. It is a vehicle driven exclusively by hydrogen will be on sale in Japan before the end of this year and the Japanese company has announced that it will go on sale in some European markets but basically in Germany before the end of 2015. Toyota Mirai This represents the beginning of a new era in the automotive industry with the use of hydrogen as fuel. The vehicle incorporates the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS) system and high pressure tanks patented by Toyota itself. Mark tells them to do a complete hydrogen refueling in less than three minutes.
The commercial launch will be on December 15 in Japan and European markets will begin its sale in September 2015. Then start sale in UK Germany and Denmark the only three countries that then there will be distribution of this fuel. Other markets including Spanish must wait until 2017.
Toyota expects sales of between 50 and 100 units per year mainly due to lack of fuel supply. And has an expected price for the German market about 66000 euros plus VAT. The car is manufactured at the Motomachi plant.
The last of the major developments is the Honda hydrogen FCV Concept a prototype that is based on the combination of fuel cell vehicle with a system of external recharging station and hydrogen generation Smart Hydrogen Station. The new Honda FCV based on this conceptual model has provided marketing in Japan in late March 2016 and subsequently in the US and Europe. The Japanese brand goes beyond the concept of the hydrogen car and raises promote the development and implementation of its hydrogen station Smart (Smart Hydrogen Station - SHS) capable of storing hydrogen generated from the electrolyzer developed by Honda. Thus continued their advance towards the future hydrogen society under three key concepts generate use and connect with the aim of reaching as soon as possible a society free of CO2.
Honda has extensive experience in the hydrogen car already launched in 2002 with the FCX. And then with the FCX Clarity has continued developing the hydrogen car of the future. The new fuel cell has been developed for this concept is 33% smaller than its predecessor with an output of over 100 kW and a high output density of 3.1 kW / L representing an improvement in the performance of more than 60% over the previous model fuel cell.
The Honda FCV Concept is equipped with a hydrogen tank high pressure (70 MPa) that provides a range of over 700 km. The complete refueling takes about three minutes making it as quick and easy as in conventional vehicles. But it is a car of the future. And in the case of Volkswagen vehicle shown still in prototype form is the Golf Hymotion with body Variant or family and endowed with this latest technology. In this case the car is based on the MQB platform vehicle and the concept is the same as used by e-Golf Golf 100% and GTE electric plug-in hybrid system manufactured in the same assembly of the rest the Golf.
Thanks to its hydrogen tank this Volkswagen Golf Hymotion is capable of traveling up to 475 miles on a tank with its 134 horsepower electric motor and a gearbox of one gear that deals with moving the front wheels. Its performance according to initial reports are about 10 seconds to do the 0-100 km / h.
For now Volkswagen has not commented on the possible start of production of this model but now in California are testing with the Volkswagen Passat Hymotion that incorporates the same technology and many components could be used in the new Golf Hymotion when it comes to manufacture. for the other reviews about the newest cars visit here.
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