L.A. Auto Show LIVE: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen HyMotion image

The world debut of the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen HyMotion has been made during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The battle for developing hydrogen fuel cell powered cars is on and with the main Japanese based automakers already releasing such variants of their models, Germans are coming in closely from behind. The newest model to make its debut is called the Golf SportWagen HyMotion and it has been signed by Volkswagen. The vehicle has been officially presented to the public during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and it has a lithium-ion battery which is storing the kinetic energy recovered from the regenerative braking system.

The new Volkswagen Golf SportWagen HyMotion is looking basically like your standard Golf Estate and it has a hydrogen fuel cell which is powering an electric motor, rated at 134 HP (100 kW). The 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes 10.0 seconds which isn’t exactly sporty but it’s not dull either. The hydrogen is stored in four carbon fiber tanks located underneath the body. The full range of the car, on a single fill up, is 499 km (310 miles) and refilling the tanks is made in approximately 3 minutes. Don’t expect a production version of the model anytime soon.