2013 Audi A7
Not a word was said about the model at Audi's recent future lab tron-experience in Berlin, where Audi showed off its range of plug-in and natural gas vehicles.
Like the majority of other tron vehicles, the fuel cell A7 will likely be used as a test-bed for future powertrain technology, rather than hinting at a production car.
Audi has explored fuel cell vehicles before, having tested a similarly-powered Q5 model back in 2009, but the technology looks of even greater interest to Audi today.
The company already stated that its impressive R8 e-tron supercar was canned due to the unsuitability of existing battery technology, but to Audi, hydrogen represents a way to use the same electric propulsion with less compromise on range or refueling time.
Of course, hydrogen and fuel cells aren't perfect either. That lack of infrastructure Audi cites as a problem with electric vehicles is even less established for hydrogen cars, and the world still lacks a truly efficient (and importantly, green) way of generating the hydrogen needed for road transport.
Hydrogen is still an avenue worth exploring--as ever, the future energy mix will be a wide one, and different technologies suit different applications--but don't expect a production fuel cell Audi any time soon.