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Hyundai to introduce Intrado lightweight fuel-cell concept at Geneva show

11 December 2013

At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show Hyundai Motor will unveil Intrado, a concept car previewing future developments for the brand. Intrado is built around a super-lightweight structure made from a mixture of advanced materials and joined using a technique that Hyundai says has the potential to change the way cars are constructed in the future. The car also features a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain that is both smaller and lighter than that powering the assembly-line-produced Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell.

Intrado will be the first Hyundai concept car inspired byFluidic Sculpture 2.0. The result of close collaboration between Hyundai Motor’s design and engineering teams, Intrado was styled and engineered primarily at Hyundai Motor European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany—as indicated by its codename, HED-9 (Hyundai Europe Design).

Intrado takes its name from the underside of an aircraft’s wing, which produces lift, enabling flight to take place. Hyundai will provide more information about Intrado ahead of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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The same technologies could be used to produce lighter extended range BEVs and PHEVs with an FC range extender.

Is this the way to build under one tonne 5-passenger future electrified cars?

This is the right way to go, make an EV light, reduce the battery capacity and add a fuel cell range extender. I would use a PEM running on reformed methanol. The energy for the time it takes to bring up the reformer and fuel cell could be supplied by batteries, then the batteries are charged by the fuel cell.

You have a City/Highway button, if the City mode is not engaged the reformer and fuel cell will cycle to start producing electricity, if the City mode is engaged and State of Charge gets low, they start up. With methanol, the electricity can be about as cheap as wall service during the day.

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