Hyundai unveils Intrado fuel cell concept vehicle

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  • Published : Feb 25, 2014 - 11:34
  • Updated : Feb 25, 2014 - 12:56
Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest carmaker, on Tuesday unveiled its Intrado fuel cell concept vehicle that showcases the brand's new design language and technology that may find its way into production vehicles down the line.

The official presentation is to take place at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show to kick off on March 4. Hyundai said the car has been created by its technical and design office at Russelsheim, Germany, in cooperation with Namyang R&D Center.

The name Intrado is borrowed from the underside of an aircraft's wing that produces lift, the carmaker said.

Hyundai said that the concept, also called the HED-9, features the company's trademark hexagonal grille and is the latest interpretation of its fluidic sculpture 2.0 design language that was first shown in the all-new Genesis premium sedan.

The company added that the new crossover coupe makes use of latest lightweight yet strong materials and advanced manufacturing techniques that can greatly enhance, driving dynamics, fuel efficiency and overall looks. It will be powered by a compact fuel cell system coupled with a 36-kilowatt lithium-ion battery that can give it a range of 600 kilometers on a full charge of hydrogen, the carmaker claimed.

Super lightweight steel made by the carmaker's affiliate and carbon fiber frames are some of the innovations to be incorporated into the car. The structure is not only lighter, but it is better able to deal with crashes and easier to repair, Hyundai said.

The flagship company of Hyundai Motor Group, world's fifth-largest carmaker, did not say when the production version of the Intrado will reach consumers, but it will likely come out after the low-volume Tuscon fuel cell electric vehicle already in production. (Yonhap)