Hyundai i-blue

By on November 22nd, 2008

This video from attends the Paris Auto Show to discover the Hyundai i-Blue which is still a concept, for now and the company has declared it to be one of its “advanced low emission concepts.”

Here is a part of the press release from Hyundai on their blue drive technology:

Hyundai´s First U.S. Hybrid System Uses Breakthrough Lithium Polymer Batteries and Leapfrogs Existing Nickel–Metal Hydride and Lithium–Ion Technology

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2008 – Hyundai Motor America announced today the launch of Blue Drive an environmental initiative which will bring to market a family of eco–friendly Blue Drive products and establish Hyundai as an environmental leader. With Blue Drive products and technologies, Hyundai will be able to achieve a fleet average of 35 miles per gallon by 2015, five years ahead of government requirements. During a news conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the company revealed plans for its first U.S.–market gas–electric full hybrid (to be offered in the next–generation Sonata), introduced a sleek crossover concept powered by a turbocharged gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine, and announced future high–mileage editions of the Accent and Elantra, underscoring its global commitment to sustainable transportation.

Blue Drive At–a–Glance
– Hyundai plans to lead all automotive brands in the U.S. in fuel economy by achieving a fleet average of    35 miles per gallon by 2015, five years ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration´s    (NHTSA) deadline, powered by the Hyundai Blue Drive global product strategy.
– Hyundai will begin building a gas–electric full hybrid edition of the next–generation Sonata for the North
American market in 2010. This Sonata will use a parallel hybrid drive system and lithium polymer
battery technology – leapfrogging competitive in–market nickel–metal hydride and planned lithium–ion    applications.
– Near–term, high mileage “Blue” editions of Accent and Elantra will join the Hyundai Blue Drive family in    2009.
– An all–new crossover, shown in concept form with a 2.0–liter Theta turbocharged GDI four–cylinder
engine, is green lighted for the U.S. market. The engine will appear in various Hyundai models in the
– Long–term, the Hyundai Blue Drive family will be expanded to include Plug–in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
(PHEV) and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV).

“Hyundai aims to be the most fuel–efficient automaker on the planet,” said John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We´re aligning our global R&D resources in Michigan, California, Nam Yang, and Frankfurt to develop the Blue Drive technologies we need to achieve our goal – a 35 mpg U.S. fleet average by 2015.”