VW Passat Lingyu fuel cell from Beijing Olympics

VW Passat Lingyu fuel cell from Beijing Olympics

California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) Sacramento, CA – John Tillman is the Program Manager for Volkswagen Group of America, Advanced Powertrain Research Program. Tang Yingchun is the test engineer of the VW Passat Lingyu fuel cell that was used in the Beijing Olympics.

Watch and listen as John and Tang take me for a ride in the VW Passat Lingyu. The Passat Lingyu is a zero-emission vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that can go up to 90 mph and up to 140 miles before a refueling. In light of new federal greenhouse gas regulations, Californias new Low Carbon Fuels Standard and regulations due to AB 32, these vehicles are one example of a potential zero-emission car of the future. The Passat Lingyu debuted during the Olympic Games in Beijing, China and traveled more than 50,000 miles with zero emissions.

Technical facts:
88 kW (120 hp) from the electric motor
55 kW fuel cell system
90 mph maximum speed
accelerates from 0-60 in less than 15 seconds
compressed hydrogen at 5,000psi

Who produces the fuel cell? the lithium-ion battery? Where will the vehicle be produced?

Where does Tillman think these cars will first be seen on the roads, America, Europe or Asia?

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.