Hyundai Reveals Plug-In Hybrid Concept

By dancurranjr On April 12th, 2009

2009-hyundai-blue-will-concept-at-the-2009-seoul-motor-showHyundai Motor Company has unveiled its first Plug-in HEV concept car at the Seoul Motor Show. Named Blue-Will, the futuristic car promises an electric-only driving distance of up to 64km on a single charge and a fuel economy rating of up to 2.2 liters/100 km (106mpg) Hyundai says. Blue-Will, the company says, is a test bed of new ideas that range from the unique profile to drive-by-wire steering and touch screen controls.

The Blue-Will concept is powered by an all-aluminum 152hp Gasoline Direct Injected 1.6L which is coupled to a Continuously Variable Transmission and a 100kw electric motor which is at the heart of Hyundai’s proprietary parallel hybrid drive architecture. Wheels are turned by power coming directly from the gasoline engine, or the electric motor, or both together, as conditions demand. This parallel hybrid drive architecture serves as the foundation for future Hyundai hybrids, starting with the next-generation Sonata in the U.S.

Some of the green side of the Blue-Will is seen on the panoramic roof. The glass area integrates dye-sensitized solar cells without impeding visibility. The solar cells provide a trickle charge that helps operate a cabin cooling fan, reducing interior temperatures while the car is parked in the sun.

As well, energy from hot exhaust gases is recaptured by a thermal generator which is fitted into the exhaust manifold. The thermal generator then converts the heat into electrical energy to help power auxiliary systems.

Inside, the car maintains a “digital flow” throughout the cabin space. The conventional gauge cluster has been replaced by an ultra-thin transparent organic LED display mounted on the steering column. Thin-film technology allows information to be displayed in full high resolution color.

The center stack sports a clean look with touch-screen control technology for HVAC and other systems. The focal point, Hyundai says, is the Eco-Coach, a graphic display which helps promote fuel-saving driving habits by providing continuous feedback on fuel consumption and driving efficiency.

A rear bike rack, neatly integrated into the trunk, adds convenience. To minimize weight, advanced materials such as carbon-fiber reinforced plastics and nano composites have been applied to the side sills, moldings and fenders.

SOURCE: Vancouver Sun

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