VW Golf HyMotion Previews Hydrogen Future

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

Volkswagen just revealed the hydrogen-powered Golf HyMotion at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show.

The announcement sets the Golf apart as having one of the world’s widest arrays of alternative fuel powertrains most versatile cars in terms of alternate fuels, with five variants to chose from. Although this car is only a “research” vehicle,” VW says it features 310 miles of driving range on a single payload of hydrogen fuel. That gives it more range than the recently revealed Toyota Mirai.

The Golf SportWagen HyMotion features four hydrogen tanks, which can be filled in under five minutes. Using a low-temperature fuel cell stack, the Golf HyMotion converts hydrogen gas into electricity with only water vapor as an emission. The electricity is sent to electric motor borrowed from the battery-electric e-Golf allowing the Golf SportWagen HyMotion to hit 62 MPH in 10 seconds.

2014 L.A. Auto Show Preview

The concept uses a lithium-ion battery, which stores the kinetic energy recovered from regenerative braking, assists in the starting phase of the fuel cell. The battery is housed above the rear suspension, and the tanks are mounted in the vehicle floor. This means that the interior space of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion is the same as all other versions of the model.

Volskwagen is proving how versatile the MQB architecture is. The Golf is currently available with diesel, gasoline or electric power, while plug-in hybrid GTE models have been shown at prior auto shows.

Currently the technology at work in the Golf SportWagen HyMotion in being put on California roads in the form of a Passat HyMotion. The Volkswagen Group also announced that a hydrogen powered Audi A7 will debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show.

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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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