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Volkswagen Space UP! Blue concept

By luanpa in | January 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Volkswagen Space UP! Blue concept

The Volkswagen space up! blue is one of the three the up! family of concept model, the others are: Volkswagen e-up! concept and the Volkswagen space up! concept. The blue suffix on this concept refers to the fuel cell powertrain that the space up! blue uses instead of the space up!’s FSI engine.

Volkswagen space up! blue concept is powered by one of two sources: an array of lithium ion batteries that can be charged by a conventional electrical outlet, or a pioneering high-temperature fuel cell linked to a series of 12 lithium-ion batteries. If both energy sources are combined, the space up! blue can travel up to 354km thanks to the fuel cell’s 250km extra capacity. Relying solely on the bank of lithium-ion batteries, which have a combined energy capacity of 12 kilowatt-hours, the space up! blue has a range of around 65 miles.  When drawing energy from the high temperature fuel cell a range of 155 miles is possible – bringing the vehicle’s maximum theoretical range to 220 miles.

Space up! blue concept continues the mix of clean surfaces and sharp, cohesive lines that define the look of the up! family which now comprises the up!, space up! and space up! blue.  As well as featuring a recessed solar panel the roof of the space up! blue features a set of glass skylights reminiscent of the classic Samba Bus.

Volkwagen presented the space up! blue concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show (2007) as a world exclusive – a compact, self-confident zero emissions van in the style of the legendary Volkswagen Samba Bus. On board: the world’s first high temperature fuel cell and an array of twelve lithium-ion batteries. When the electric motor of the space up! blue is driven exclusively by battery, a range of 65 miles is possible – enough to handle nearly all distances in downtown areas. In the scenario of tomorrow’s world, the four-seat Volkswagen is advancing to become the ideal vehicle for anyone who wants to drive – completely emissions-free – to work, recreation, school or university or just shopping.

Energy is “refueled” either via an electrical outlet or by the Volkswagen high-temperature fuel cell. In the latter case, the car’s range is extended an additional 155 miles. This makes it possible to drive up to 220 miles on a single “energy charge”. Aside from this, the microvan utilizes another energy source: the sun. And indeed with a large solar panel on the roof. It supplies up to 150 Watt of energy that is also fed into the battery.

With its new high temperature fuel cell (HT-FC) Volkswagen is introducing a system that represents a turning point in research on fuel cells for mass production. That is because, the HTFC offers crucial advantages compared to all other fuel cell systems: considerably lower weight, significantly greater everyday utility, substantially lower price, and therefore clearly the better chances of becoming a reality someday as a mass produced technology. The high temperature fuel cell was developed at a dedicated research center founded by Volkswagen in Germany.

With its concept car being shown in Los Angeles, Europe’s most successful car producer is introducing the third variant of its “New Small Family” within just two months. Like the city specialist, the up!, already introduced at the IAA in Frankfurt, and the space up! presented in Tokyo, the space up! blue is a small space wonder too. Over a length of just 144.9 inches, a height of 61.8 inches and a width of 64.2 inches, it offers the space of a considerably larger vehicle. The clever space concept of the space up! blue – which is 1,090 kilograms “light” despite the fuel cell and batteries – is largely due to the layout of the powertrain. Its emissions-free electric motor operates – as did the engines of the Beetle and the Bulli (Microbus) at one time – in the rear. Also housed in the rear, under the rear seat to be exact, are the lithium-ion batteries. The high temperature fuel cell, on the other hand, is located at the front of the car.


Volkswagen Space UP! Blue concept

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