As earlier reported in the German publication Wirtschaft Woche, 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.
Although the Volkswagen Group is making a big push on battery-electric and battery-combustion engine plug-in hybrid vehicles (earlier post), 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. For the medium term, we strongly believe that the plug-in hybrid will be the number one alternative.—Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG