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VW Space Up Blue Concept Gets High-temp Fuel Cell

Grid-charged fuel cell concept vehicle uses compressed hydrogen to deliver a 155-mile (250 kilometers) range, with an additional 62 miles (100 kilometers) range via a compact lithium-ion battery package.

Published: 14-Nov-2007

Volkswagen is using the Los Angeles auto show to roll out a third concept for the future new small family range. Called the Space Up Blue, the concept features the German automaker’s in-house developed high-temperature fuel cell.

By operating at a higher temperature than current fuel cell technology for cars, VW says the fuel cell is more efficient and compact, and weighs less. The fuel cell provides power for a 45-kilowatt electric motor. The 7.3 pounds (3.3 kilograms) compressed hydrogen supply is enough for a 155-mile (250 kilometers) range, with an additional 62 miles (100 kilometers) range via a compact lithium-ion battery package.

The battery can either be charged by plugging it in or with the help of roof-mounted solar panels on the car.

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