Volkswagen Bringing Fuel Cell Prototypes to LA Show for Ride-and-Drives

Volkswagen is bringing a few fuel cell prototypes to the Los Angeles auto show next week. According to Darryll Harrison of Volkswagen of America, the prototypes will be available for test drives during the Green and Advanced Technology ride-and-drive.

volkswagen-hymotion-fuel-cell-tiguan_100217556_mAlthough the Volkswagen Group is making a big push on battery-electric and battery-combustion engine plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Group has not ruled out the possibility of fuel cell powertrains within its modular toolkit approach to vehicles.

“Based on our modular toolkits, our engineers are currently working on electrifying up to 40 different models, from pure electric drives to plug-in hybrids, and even the fuel cell,” said Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen AG. “For the medium term, we strongly believe that the plug-in hybrid will be the number one alternative.”

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