Hyundai has announced that it will be debuting a new plug-in hybrid concept car at the Seoul Auto Show called the Blue-Will. The car's design has some very unorthodox and interesting lines, and adds in green features other than the plug-in hybrid power train.
Hyundai reports that Blue-Will has a 1.6-liter, direct injected gasoline engine and a 100 kW electric motor in its parallel hybrid drive design. Electric power for the motor is stored inside lithium-ion polymer battery packs using the same technology that Kia is using in its Forte LPI DailyTech reported on yesterday. The Hyundai version of the Forte will be called the Elantra LPI Hybrid.
Among the green touches integrated into the Blue-Will concept are recycled PET soft drink bottles used to make the headlamp bezels and the use of organic plastics in the interior and engine cover. Organic plastics are made from plant extracts rather than fossil fuels.
Both the gas tank and the batteries used in the concept are placed under the rear seat to maximize cargo volume. The panoramic glass roof of the vehicle features dye sensitive solar panels that can generate electricity that is sent to the batteries without blocking the view out of the glass panels.
The official unveiling of the Blue-Will concept is set for April 2.