The firm has unveiled a new hydrogen-powered Golf Estate Hymotion along with a related Passat Hymotion, both of which employ similar zero emission low temperature proton exchange membrane (LT PEM) propulsion systems.
Following on from petrol, diesel, natural gas, petrol-electric hybrid and pure electric versions of the Golf, the new Hymotion previews a sixth propulsion system for Europe’s top selling model.
Such a solution provides Volkswagen with a practical alternative to the likes of the new hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, which is planned to head into UK showrooms by mid-2015.
The fuel cell stack used by the Golf Estate Hymotion and Passat Hymotion has been developed in-house by the Volkswagen Group.
In the former it is used to create electricity that is used to power the same 134bhp electric motor used by the e-Golf.