Volkswagen is making major strides for the long-term goal of making fuel-cell vehicles suitable for everyday driving with the successful test drive of the Jetta HY.POWER
Online PR News – 18-August-2010 – – Performance Volkswagen is thrilled with the announcement of a successful first long-range test drive of the brand new HY.POWER fuel cell car, the Jetta HY.POWER. This prototype gets energy from on-board hydrogen, used to create hydrogen fuel cells that produce electricity through a chemical reaction. These fuel cells offer zero emissions.
Also tested successfully was a high-tech Jetta Turbo Direct Injection diesel using a super-clean synthetic. This synthetic desiel, called SunFuel, is a low-sulfur fuel made from plants, waste products and other renewable raw materials; it offers the lowest particulate emissions possible to date.
Engineers at Volkswagen say, “The (Jetta) SunFuel vehicle represents one of the first steps toward the introduction of a desirable production fuel cell car that could potentially be filled up at a local gas station.”
Both the Jetta HY.POWER and the Jetta TDI were tested in the middle of the winter on the 6,578-foot Simplon Pass connecting Switzerland and Italy. The goal was to test a completely new type of hydrogen fuel cell at outside temperatures below freezing. The HY.POWER’s electric motor gets its power from a fuel cell that discharges only water vapor during operation, continuing its energy supplying ability. The high mountain pass was just as smooth and easy for the Jetta HY.POWER and Jetta TDI as a vehicle of a similar power rating. Both performances matched that of a standard production Jetta.
It is fitting that Volkswagen test this type of fuel technology on the Jetta, as the model has been the highest selling model in the U.S., accounting for over half of Volkswagen’s sales. The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta has been completely redesigned for this model year, and is receiving rave reviews. USA Today says, “It’s an enviable combo of space, handling and even luxury for less money.” The 2011 Jetta will be available at Performance Volkswagen this fall.
Volkswagen is making major strides for the long-term goal of making fuel-cell vehicles suitable for everyday driving. They are also making sure that these cars are fun to drive and delivered at a price affordable to the average consumer. Performance Volkswagen of Omaha is excited about these new developments and looks forward to the day when these innovative vehicles will be available for sale in the Performance Volkswagen showroom.
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