Volkswagen presented at the Los Angeles auto show the Golf SportWagen HyMotion, which features a hydrogen engine. The car is described as a “progressive research hydrogen cell car”, the VW says that the energy source of the future is hydrogen.
The Golf SportWagen HyMotion can do the 0-100 km/h in 10 seconds, with the hydrogen stored in four tanks made from carbon, placed at the bottom of the car, giving it an autonomy of 500 kilometers. Filling up the tanks takes 3 minutes. The hydrogen cell system delivers 136 hp. The car has also a lithium-ion battery, which stores the kinetic energy recovered during braking. There is also an electric engine from the e-Golf, that helps the hydrogen cell system.
Volkswagen with this prototype wanted to show that it is possible to have a hydrogen car built on the MQB platform and that they are able to pass the car on production, but firstly the infrastructure, such as gas stations and hydrogen production plants around the world have to be created.