Volkswagen has staged the world debut of their Golf SportWagen HyMotion research vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Volkswagen has staged the world debut of their Golf SportWagen HyMotion research vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Looking virtually identical to the standard model, the HyMotion features a hydrogen fuel cell that powers a 134 bhp (100 kW) electric motor. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 10.0 seconds.

Speaking of performance, the GS HyMotion has a lithium-ion battery that stores kinetic energy recovered from the car's regenerative braking system. This energy is used in the "starting phase of the fuel cell and adds a dynamic boost to the maximum acceleration of the Golf SportWagen."

The hydrogen is stored in four carbon-fiber tanks that are located underneath the body. This enables themodel to travel up to 310 miles (499 km) on a single fill up. When the tanks are empty, they can be refilled in approximately three minutes.

While the model looks promising don't expect to see a production version any time soon as Volkswagen cited a number of hurdles including high costs and a limited hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

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Volkswagen Golf SportWagen HyMotion debuts in L.A. [video]