Audi will reportedly debut a hydrogen concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

The new concept will be based on the e-tron quattro concept (seen above) that debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show but will be hydrogen powered and is tentatively called the h-tron quattro. Although official details on its specifications aren’t yet available, Auto Bild reports the drivetrain will be entirely new and is made up of a fuel cell to convert hydrogen to electricity, a battery pack, lightweight tanks to store hydrogen and an electric motor mounted over each axle.

Like the e-tron quattro concept, it will have all-wheel drive and might be capable of driving short distances on electric power alone.

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In light of the recent diesel scandal from the Volkswagen Group, it’s no surprise the automakers under its umbrella will focus on alternative powertrains. Volkswagen is already expected to show off a new electric vehicle concept at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and now it appears Audi will follow it up with a hydrogen fuel-cell concept. The e-tron quattro concept is expected to become Audi’s first production electric crossover in 2018, so it will be interesting to see if the German automaker also spawns a hydrogen variant.

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