Hyundai BLUE-WILL Concept: The Korean Prius FighterS

Hyundai is joining the hybrid party late and so they hope to make a grand entrance with their gasoline-electric hybrid BLUE-WILL Concept, which sports a Prius-like drivetrain but funkier looks and plug-in capability.

Hyundai BLUE-WILL Concept: The Korean Prius FighterS

Hyundai BLUE-WILL Concept: The Korean Prius FighterS

Hyundai BLUE-WILL Concept: The Korean Prius FighterS

Power for the BLUE-WILL comes from a direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. Like the Kia Forte LPI Hybrid, the battery pack in this hybrid concept is lithium ion polymer (li-poly). Concept bits include headlamp bezels made from recycled PET soft drink bottles and dye-sensitized solar cells on the roof.

This concept will debut at the Seoul Auto Show.

BLUE-WILL – Hyundai charges in with advanced hybrid concept

* All-new concept car to be unveiled at Seoul Show
* Lithium-Ion batteries and a 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine
* Solar panels boost battery range

Hyundai has revealed the first pictures of an innovative plug-in hybrid concept car. Due to be revealed at the Seoul Motor Show which opens on April 2nd, the "BLUE-WILL", has exceptionally advanced technology crammed inside its striking bodyshell.

Recycled PET soft drink bottles were used to make the material for the headlamp bezels while use has also been made of bio-plastics: PLA for the interior while PA11 was specified for the engine cover. These materials are made from plants extract rather than fossil fuels and are bio-degradable.

The BLUE-WILL concept is powered by an all-aluminium Gasoline Direct Injected 1.6-litre engine which is coupled to a Continuously Variable Transmission and a 100kw electric motor which is at the heart of Hyundai's parallel hybrid drive architecture.

Electric power, stored by a Lithium Ion Polymer battery pack, is neatly bundled with the fuel tank under the rear seat to maximise luggage space.

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.

A further expression of the concept's design flexibility is found on the panoramic roof. The glass area integrates dye-sensitized solar cells which can generate power for the batteries from the sun without impeding visibility.

Further details of the concept will be revealed at a press conference on Hyundai's stand at the Seoul show.

[Source: Hyundai]