Blue-Will concept points the way for future Hyundai hybrids
11 January 2010

This is the Hyundai Blue-Will, a plug-in hybrid concept that is being shown outside Korea for the first time at today's Detroit motor show.

The Hyundai Blue-Will show car uses a non-turbocharged version of the 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine first seen in the Hyundai ix-onic concept at this year’s Geneva show. It's coupled to a 100kW electric motor and the power is fed through a CVT gearbox.

Hyundai Blue-Will pics

Electric power is stored in a lithium ion polymer battery back which features battery technology similar to that used in the new Korean-market Hyundai Elantra hybrid, a first for this type of energy storage in a mass-production vehicle.

The Blue-Will concept also uses bio-plastics derived from plant material for the engine cover and parts of the interior, while its headlamp bezels are made from recycled plastic. The sunroof is also a solar panel that helps to power the car’s ancillary electric systems.

A spokesman for Hyundai said, “All the technology behind the Blue-Will concept is viable and, even though there are no plans for a production version, it shows where we’re going with our hybrid technology.”

 


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11 January 2010

that's seriously ugly, even for a hyundai

11 January 2010

"its headlamp bezels are made from recycled plastic."

Wow. As pointless token gestures go, thats pretty fantastic. The world- saved by a headlamp bezel. You heard it here first lol.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

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