The hydrogen-powered, zero-emission concept was developed at Hyundais Design and Technical Centre in Chiba, Japan. The all-new platform is tailored to use Hyundais third-generation fuel cell technology, currently being developed at the companys Eco-Technology Research Institute in Mabuk, Korea.
Unlike its predecessors, which were built on SUV platforms, the i-Blue is a new D-segment 2+2 crossover utility vehicle (CUV).
The i-Blue is Hyundais first-ever model designed from the ground up to incorporate fuel cell technology, marking a tremendous leap forward for our R&D program, said Dr Hyun-Soon Lee, President of Research and Development. Our engineering team has successfully designed a more compact fuel cell vehicle, while still realising the safety, comfort, convenience and driving range of a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle.