Hyundai reveals aircraft-inspired Intrado fuel cell concept
By C.C. Weiss
February 24, 2014
In revealing the all-new Intrado concept, Hyundai has set out to demonstrate how "advanced vehicle technologies and intelligent design can combine to engage more effectively with driver and passengers." The new concept combines aircraft-inspired design with a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell powertrain.
The Intrado shows a vision for a light, streamlined vehicle that focuses on aerodynamics and clean driving. A body of super-lightweight steel is dressed over top a carbon fiber structure. To make the design sleeker and lighter, Hyundai strips much of the usual detailing and decoration from the exterior, keeping focus on the structural materials themselves.
"In line with its promise of a motoring future that is more relevant to users’ lifestyles, we have given Intrado a distinctive exterior and interior shape, formed from the lightweight frame that incorporates only what is necessary," Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre, explains. "The exterior is defined by a simple yet sporty profile which displays the latest interpretation of fluidic sculpture, while the interior shows how minimal ornamentation will perfectly fit into the varied lifestyles of the millennial generation."
In leaving unnecessary materials at the factory, the Intrado's interior highlights elements of the car that are usually concealed, including the carbon fiber frame below the seats and "see-through" air vents. Bright "Beaufort Orange" trim adds some visual flair.
The Intrado's focus on light, functional design was inspired by the world of aircraft, which also lends the concept its name. Hyundai describes the Intrado as the underside of an aircraft's wing.
Hyundai hasn't revealed motor details, but it says that the greater powertrain uses a 36 kWh li-ion battery pack, providing up to 373 miles (600 km) of driving per hydrogen fill-up.
Hyundai will debut the Intrado concept at next week's Geneva Motor Show. Gizmag will be in Geneva, bringing you the latest news from around the auto world.