Ahead of next week’s Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai has just revealed the Blue-Will PHEV concept, which is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle in the history of the South Korean company. Featuring the same Blue Drive technology, which will already be available commercially with the hybrid versions of the Elantra and the Sonata, set to arrive at the end of the year, the new model will certainly impress a lot of people.
For this plug-in version, the engineers at Hyundai increased the power of the electric motor, from the standard 30 kW to 100 kW, which means that it will go on for around 40 miles only on the electric energy stored in the lithium-ion batteries.
The recharging of the batteries will be done not only through the plug-in technology, but also thanks to a brake energy storage system and a new thermal electric generator, which will use the heat of the exhaust gases to generate and store electricity in the batteries.
Last but not least, the electric motor will be joined by Hyundai’s 1.6-liter Gamma inline-four engine, which generates 152 HP. Stay tuned for more details when the hybrid will be unveiled in Detroit.
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