Hyundai Motor will introduce the Intrado concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next week. Intrado incorporates Hyundai’s next-generation hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, along with advanced lightweight body construction.
Intrado (Hyundai says the name is derived from “intrados”—the inner curve of an arch, or, in aviation terms, the curve on the underside of a wing that has an arched airfoil) features a central carbon frame structure constructed using new, patent-pending manufacturing and joining techniques.
|Hyundai Intrado. Click to enlarge.|
The strength and rigidity of this central structure also allow body panels to be constructed from any material, giving designers greater flexibility and aiding repairability. Lightweight steel impact structures further enhance crash performance and repair times.
Intrado is powered by Hyundai’s next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain with Li-ion battery. Refueled in minutes, Intrado has a range of up to 600 kilometers (373 miles) and emits only water. In addition to improved performance and increased range, Intrado promises more responsive and agile driving dynamics, thanks to the reduced weight and greater efficiency of its powertrain.
The current fuel cell powertrain being deployed in the Tucson (ix35) features a 100 kW fuel cell stack and a 24 kW Li-ion battery pack. Range (NEDC) is about 594 km (369 miles.) (Earlier post.)
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).