September 30, 2005

VW Touran HyMotion participates in California road rally

Volkswagen Touran HyMotion
Volkswagen Touran HyMotion. Click image to enlarge

Sacramento, California – Two Volkswagen Touran HyMotion vehicles, powered by fuel cells, are participating in the fourth CaFCP Road Rally.

The rally, which was founded in 1999 by the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), Volkswagen, and other partners, runs from Sacramento to San Francisco. This year’s objectives are to demonstrate the advantages of hydrogen-fuelled fuel cell vehicles, propagate the use of sustainable vehicles, and draw public attention to hydrogen filling stations along the route. CaFCP is a cooperative of fuel suppliers, fuel cell manufacturers, vehicle groups and U.S. government representatives.

The Touran, a popular van in the German market, is normally powered by gasoline or diesel. In the HyMotion, an 80 kW electric engine is the power source; the electricity is provided by the fuel cell. The vehicle will go from zero to 100 km/h in 14 seconds, with top speed of 140 km/h.

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