Hyundai Blue-Wheel Concept Plug-In Hybrid Does Solar

As the first day of hot green car announcements from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) winds down, we find word of one last hybrid concept unveiling – this time from Hyundai. The Korean auto manufacturer is showing off the rather cool looking Blue-Will plug-in hybrid.

The Blue-Will concept from Hyundai is a four seat sedan that Hyundai says “foreshadows coming plug-in technology” from it. It has a panoramic glass roof with solar cells for recharging batteries and a thermal generator which converts hot exhaust gases into electricity. The idea of this vehicle is to serve as “a test bed of new ideas that range from roof-mounted solar cells to drive-by-wire steering, lithium polymer batteries and touch-screen controls.”

image via Hyundai

image via Hyundai

Hyundai is saying the Blue-Will promises “an electric-only driving distance of up to 40 miles on a single charge and a fuel economy rating of more than 100 miles per gallon.” The concept car is code-named HND-4 and has a wide array of cool ideas, including a LED panel on the front, a rear bike rack integrated into the trunk, carbon-fiber reinforced plastics, bioplastics on interior and exterior parts, an ultra-thin Transparent Organic Light Emitting Diode (LED) display mounted on the steering column that is adjustable and an “all-aluminum 152-horsepower Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) 1.6-liter engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)” that is paired with a 100kw electric motor.

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