Volkswagen Showcases Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Van at the IAA 2018

Volkswagen Showcases Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Van at the IAA 2018

author Added by FuelCellsWorks, September 20, 2018

As part of its "solutions for sustainable mobility" Volkswagen recently showcased the Crafter Hymotion Concept Van.

The Crafter HyMotion concept van. It is based on the e-Crafter and is essentially a successor model for long distances. The Crafter HyMotion is an electrically powered 3.5-tonne van whose energy is supplied by a fuel cell. Its 4.2-kg hydrogen tank enables a total range of 350 km. The tanks in the HyMotion have a modular design. A second version is available with larger tanks for driving ranges of up to 500 km. Heinz-Jürgen Löw, Head of Sales and Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, emphasised: "This is still a concept vehicle, but the technical concept is already near-production. We are conducting an intensive cost and benefit analysis to determine its market potential. The Crafter HyMotion with a fuel cell drive is absolutely a beneficial addition to our drive portfolio of petrol, diesel, natural gas and electric motors."

Thomas Sedran outlined that despite progress made in the seamless electrification of its products, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles would continue to rely on highly advanced diesels as the backbone for logistics of many branches and operational purpose – long distance runs, in rough terrains and for heavy loads.

The brand is already showing the solutions for tomorrow's challenges today. Sedran: "We are linking the present to the future. True to the IAA motto of our brand: “Transporting Your Future”. And this future is beginning now!"

Dr Thomas Sedran, Chairman of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Brand's Board of Management, outlined the brand's objectives: "In the Tradition of Volkswagen to be one step ahead, we are just now working on solutions for the challenges of tomorrow, think ahead about sustainable mobility for our customers and for better air quality in our cities."

In Hannover – from 20 to 27 September 2018 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be showing 50 vehicles of all model series in Hall 12 of the exhibition centre and 21 more vehicles in the outdoor exhibition area. Show visitors can also test drive an additional 37 vehicles at the ADAC test track.