First PHEV From Hyundai at Detroit Auto Show
Canadian Auto Press
The Hyundai Blue-Will PHEV showed for the first time last April at the Seoul Motor Show and is about to make its debut in North America at the Detroit auto show.
The Blue-Will (who thought that name up?) represents the first-ever plug-in hybrid from the Korean juggernaut that is Hyundai. In addition, the Blue-Will serves as somewhat of a test bed for new technologies on the horizon for Hyundai. It will also feature roof-mounted solar cells to recharge batteries, drive-by-wire steering, lithium polymer batteries, and a thermal generator that converts hot exhaust gases into electricity.
The Blue-Will PHEV is even more interesting in that it’s a parallel hybrid system, allowing it go electric-only, internal combustion only, or a combination of both. When operating in electric-only driving mode, it promises up to 64km on a single charge. The electric motor on the PHEV version is rated at 100kW, which is 70kW larger than the one found in the upcoming Sonata Hybrid. This gives the Blue-Will the capability to go electric-only throughout its operating range. The gas engine is a direct-injected version of Hyundai’s 1.6L Gamma inline-four that generates 152hp, and comes mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Overall, the Blue-Will gets an incredible estimated fuel rating of 2.35L/100km.
Hyundai is positioning the Blue-Will to compete with the upcoming Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, so this will be a car to keep an eye on. Look for it to roll out sometime late next year.