September 13, 2007

Hyundai unveils new fuel cell electric vehicle at Frankfurt show

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

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Markham, Ontario – Hyundai has unveiled its new i-Blue Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The hydrogen-powered, zero-emission concept 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.

“The i-Blue is Hyundai’s first-ever model designed from the ground up to incorporate fuel cell technology and represents our commitment to long-term environmental sustainability,” says Steve Kelleher, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada. “Our engineering team has successfully designed a more compact fuel cell vehicle, while still realizing the safety, comfort, convenience and driving range that our Canadian drivers have come to expect from the Hyundai brand.”

The i-Blue signifies a major step toward commercialization of Hyundai fuel cell vehicles. Unlike its predecessors, which were built on SUV platforms, the i-Blue uses a new D-segment crossover utility vehicle body type.

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