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Hyundai i-Blue Concept

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Hyundai took one step closer to alternative-fuel vehicle production with the i-Blue Concept it unwrapped at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. In fact, the concept illustrates the company's intent to reach mass production of hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles between 2012 and 2015. According to Hyundai, “i-Blue is Hyundai’s first-ever model designed from the ground up to incorporate fuel cell technology.”

hyundai i-blue concept
Hyundai i-Blue Concept

i-Blue is a fuel-cell electric vehicle powered by a 100kW electric engine and fuel cell stack that runs on compressed hydrogen. According to Hyundai, the concept can achieve a top speed of more than 100 mph and a cruising range of more than 370 miles before refueling.

The concept is sized like a crossover midsize SUV and offers seating for four. It rides on a 112.2-inch wheelbase and is 190.9 inches long, 63 inches high and 72.8 inches wide.

hyundai i-blue concept
Hyundai i-Blue Concept

Futuristic features include an aircraft-like steering wheel that integrates touch-scroll control pads, a full-surround camera system that assists in lane changing and parking, and a 3-D heads-up display (HUD) system.

While i-Blue is strictly a concept, expect to see some of its design elements trickle into future Hyundai production vehicles.


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