September 4, 2007

Hyundai to unveil fuel cell electric vehicle at Frankfurt show

Hyundai i-Blue
Hyundai i-Blue. Click image to enlarge

Seoul, South Korea – Hyundai will unveil its i-Blue Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany on September 13. The new hydrogen-powered vehicle was developed at Hyundai’s Design and Technical Center in Chiba, Japan.

The all-new i-Blue platform is tailored to incorporate Hyundai’s third-generation fuel cell technology, currently being developed at the company’s Eco-Technology Research Institute in Mabuk, Korea. Unlike its predecessors, which were built on SUV platforms, the i-Blue is a new 2+2 crossover utility vehicle body type.

“The i-Blue is Hyundai’s first-ever model designed from the ground up to incorporate fuel cell technology, marking a tremendous leap forward for our R&D program,” says Dr. Hyun-Soon Lee, president of research and development. “Our engineering team has successfully designed a more compact fuel cell vehicle, while still realizing the safety, comfort, convenience and driving range of a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle.”

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