Volkswagen’s Up! and Space Up! concepts have a triplet sibling — and the new Space Up! Blue concept, shown for the first time at the
The hints weren’t just coming from Volkswagen’s video introduction of the concept, which pictured modern-day hippies trying to figure out the Up! Blue’s features. The Space Up! Blue shares the pug-nosed styling of
Rather than the customary gas-powered four-cylinder or even a diesel, the Up! Blue sports a zero-emission powertrain with a high-temperature fuel cell and lithium-ion batteries. It operates in plug-in mode or in hydrogen-fueled mode; the Up! Blue’s electric motor produces the equivalent of 60 horsepower and a range of 65 miles. With the fuel cell in use, the range goes up to 155 miles; with both, the concept could in theory be driven up to 220 miles on a single charge and tank of hydrogen fuel.
Volkswagen execs say that parking garages and stores could be outfitted with recharging stations to make the concept’s plug-in range practical. And the powertrain isn’t the only source of greener power for the Blue concept: a set of solar panels supply enough energy to keep the cabin ventilated on warm days, a feature found on Mazda vehicles in the past.
A member of Volkswagen’s “New Small Family” of concepts, the Blue concept sits 144.9 inches long and 61.8 inches tall. Overall weight including batteries of this concept is about 2400 pounds.
2007 Audi Cross Cabriolet quattro Concept by Marty Padgett (11/14/2007)
Not the Q5, but a conceptual cousin.
2007 VW Space Up! Concept by Richard Yarrow (10/24/2007)
The “new small family” adds a member.