Hyundai Blue-Wheel Concept Plug-In Hybrid Does Solar

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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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