Hyundai played up its environmentally conscious “Blue Drive” sub-brand at the Seoul Motor Show with a fuel-cell-powered sedan concept. The Hyundai Blue2 concept -- pronounced “Blue-square”, insist the press releases -- is Hyundai’s vision for future hydrogen-powered sedans.
As with all fuel-cell cars, hydrogen is passed through a fuel cell stack, which in turn generates electricity to power electric motors, which ultimately propel the car. We’ve been given no stats on the motors themselves, but Hyundai says the fuel cell stack is rated at 90 kW. To optimize performance, the Blue2 has aerodynamic alloy wheels shod in low-rolling-resistance tires to help improve its rolling efficiency.
The body is likewise designed for aerodynamics, although its convoluted shapes -- think Fluidic Design but cranked up to 11 -- aren’t as pleasing to the eye as they are to the wind tunnel. Gaping air intakes and jagged headlight housings define the awkward nose, while the Blue2’s greenhouse is reminiscent of the new Saab 9-5. LED displays at the front and rear of the car can display “unique and futuristic images,” which will surely prove distracting to rubbernecking drivers.
Futuristic interior features encompass anti-bacterial leather seats, electric-blue accent lighting, and a broad LED screen that spans the instrument cluster and center console. The driver’s door opens automatically to greet the Blue2’s pilot, and traditional mirrors have been replaced by three cameras, which feed video to the dashboard display. The car’s entertainment system is controlled by a controller that Hyundai calls a “Motion Sensor Moustick,” while rear-seat passengers can work or play on tablet computers integrated into the front-seat headrests.