June 3, 2005

Volkswagen and Audi present fuel cell vehicles at World Environment Day

San Francisco, California – Volkswagen is presenting its Touran HyMotion with fuel cell drive system at the World Environment Day, taking place this week in San Francisco, while Audi will be showing its A2 Fuel Cell Concept Car.

Established by the United Nations, the event is taking place in the United States for the first time and this year includes the world’s largest presentation of fuel cell vehicles, an expected 23 in all.

Based on the Touran compact van, the HyMotion’s 80 kW electric motor receives its energy from a combination of a fuel cell and electric battery. It accelerates silently from zero to 100 km/h in 14 seconds and reaches a top speed of 140 km/h. A secondary nickel-metal hybrid battery hooks up when necessary for extra power.

The Audi A2H2 is based on the Audi A2, which is sold in Europe. The A2H2 has a top speed of around 110 mph and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds but can deliver a mileage of better than 3.3 L/100km.

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