The Volkswagen space up! blue is the third in the range of New Small Family concepts that include the Volkswagen 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.
The electric motor in the Volkswagen space up! blue can be powered by one of two sources – an array of lithium ion batteries that can be charged by a conventional electrical outlet, or a high temperature fuel cell. If both energy sources are combined, the space up! blue can travel up to 354km thanks to the fuel cell’s 250km extra capacity.
The high temperature fuel cell is lighter and cheaper than a conventional fuel cell, and was developed at a dedicated research center in Germany. This fuel cell is located at the front of the car, while the batteries are under the rear seats.
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