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by Matt Brogan

Making its U.S debut at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is Hyundai’s Blue-Will Plug-In Hybrid. It is Hyundai’s fourth concept vehicle and it is promising 2.35 litres per 100km fuel economy.

The concept Blue-Will is a test bed for new ideas including roof mounted solar panels, drive by wire steering, lithium polymer batteries and touch screen controls. Promising an electric only driving distance of up to 64.4 kilometres on a single charge with the fuel economy of 2.35 litres per 100km, that works out to be 42.5 km per litre.

“Blue-Will’s bold character lines and fluidic sculpture design language give the perfect expression to the advanced eco-friendly technologies found beneath the skin,” said Oh Suk-Geun, executive vice president of design, Hyundai Motor Company.”At a time of rising concern about the environment and our energy future, Blue-Will demonstrates to eco-conscious car buyers everywhere that Hyundai has practical hybrid solutions destined to appear on the next generation of vehicles.”

On the inside the dash has been designed to be simple and clean, a high-tech touch screen control with a focal point being the ‘Eco-Coach’, which encourages fuel-saving habits by providing continuous feedback on fuel consumption.

The petrol engine is an all aluminium 113.3 kW Direct Injected (GDI) 1.6 litre engine with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), a 100kW electric motor works parallel with the petrol engine. The wheels are driven by the petrol engine  or electric motor or both as conditions demand. This Hybrid drive architecture will be the foundation of Hyundai’s future hybrids.

Lithium polymer batteries are able to be recharged using household electricity, Hyundai were the first manufacturer to use this technology in a mass produced car when the Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) went on sale in South Korea mid 2009.

A thermal generator energy saving device converts energy from hot exhaust gas which is captured by an exhaust manifold fitted to the thermal generator. This converts the heat into electrical energy and assists by helping to power auxiliary systems.




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