Hyundai is continuing its shock and awe campaign on the automotive industry, having revealed the first official photos of its new plug-in hybrid concept car – BLUE-WILL.
Due to be unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show, BLUE-WILL will boast a host of innovative technologies designed to return excellent fuel economy and lessen its impact on the environment.
It utilizes a range of recycled materials in its construction, with PET soft drink bottles used to make the material for the headlamp bezels, while some interior plastics and the engine cover have been forged from materials derived from plant extracts rather than fossil fuels and are bio-degradable.
The concept is powered by an all-aluminium direct injection 1.6-litre petrol engine which is mated to a CVT transmission and a 100kw electric motor which is at the heart of Hyundai’s parallel hybrid drive architecture.
The Lithium Ion Polymer battery pack is bundled with the fuel tank underneath the rear seat to maximize luggage space, with the glass area integrating dye-sensitized solar cells which can generate power for the batteries from the sun without impeding visibility.
Hyundai will be the first automaker in the world to apply Lithium Ion Polymer in a mass production vehicle when the Elantra LPI Hybrid goes on sale in Korea in July this year.