By Melissa Knight Photos: Audi AG
The A7 h-tron quattro was Audi’s second knock-out at the 2014 LA Auto Show; following the prologue, the plug-in hybrid solidified the brand’s reputation for progressive technology – this time proving competence with fuel cells. New green technologies turn me on and my spontaneous demand for a test-drive could not have worked out better. My co-pilot was Marc Düvel, an engineer at the Research Department of the Volkswagen Group, which is developing the fuel cell car for the brands Audi and VW. (The single VW model, a Passat, has the same fuel-cell technology as the A7 quattro.) Düvel is a modest guy who is “responsible for programming the hybrid strategy; how the fuel cell and the electric motor components work together, and how the energy has to be shifted.” The result is an eco-friendly symphony of technology.