Volkswagen Space Up! Blue Concept
At the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show Volkswagen has presented the Space Up! Blue concept, a compact minivan inspired by VW’s historic Samba Bus and powered by a new high-temperature fuel cell (HT-FC) system.
With the Space Up! Blue Concept, VW is introducing the third variant
of its “New Small Family” within just two months: the concept follows the the up!, already introduced at the IAA in
Frankfurt, and the space up! presented in Tokyo.
The Space Up! Blue Concept features the world’s first high
temperature fuel cell and an array of twelve lithium-ion
batteries. When the electric motor (45 kW / 61 PS) of the
space up! blue is driven exclusively by battery, a range of 65
miles is possible – enough to handle distances in
Energy is “refueled” either via an electrical outlet or by the
high-temperature fuel cell. In the latter case, the
car’s range is extended an additional 155 miles.
it possible to drive up to 220 miles on a single “energy
Aside from this, the microvan utilizes the sun as an additional
A large solar panel
on the roof supplies up to 150 Watt of energy that is also
fed into the battery.
Developed at a dedicated research
center founded by Volkswagen in Germany, the new high temperature fuel cell (HT-FC)
system offers several advantages compared to
other fuel cell systems: considerably lower weight,
significantly greater everyday utility, substantially lower
price, and therefore a higher chance of becoming a mass produced technology.
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.
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.