Volkswagen Developing New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology

June 18, 2024
The automaker recently submitted a patent for a vehicle and hydrogen fuel cell stack that could reach a range of 1,243 miles. 

Volkswagen has released plans to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology in vehicles, according to Ecoticias.

The automaker recently submitted a patent for a vehicle and hydrogen fuel cell stack that could reach a range of 1,243 miles. 

The technology, developed jointly with German company Kraftwerk Tubes, would substitute the polymer membrane that Toyota and Hyundai currently use with a less expensive ceramic membrane. Additionally, it would allow vehicle owners to switch from gasoline to hydrogen without a conversion kit.

Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schäfer has claimed that hydrogen may be a more cost-effective alternative to battery-electric vehicles, particularly for passenger cars. With this technology currently still being developed, however, the automaker isn’t dismissing plans to continue with EV production.

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