Nuvis Hints at Hyundai Hybrid Future
By EV World
Hyundai might be coming late to the hybrid-electric car game, but their newly designed Nuvis crossover concept shows they are playing catchup fast.
Debuted at the 2008 New York auto show, the Nuvis is propelled by Hyundai's Blue Drive gasoline-electric drive system, which will be powering the company's first production hybrid, the 2010 Sonata Hybrid.
The crossover concept weighs 3,400 lbs. and is estimated to deliver 34 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway. Its drive system incorporates a 2.4 liter Theta II gasoline engine and 6-speed automatic transmission mated to a 30kW (205 N-meter) electric motor in a parallel architect. The Blue Drive system also has an all-electric mode, though the company hasn't revealed its capabilities in terms of range and top speed. Braking energy is recaptured in the Nuvis' lithium polymer pack, which is rated at 270 Volts at 5.3Ah and is located in raised trunk floor.
The Nuvis is the eleventh concept car designed by Hyundai's California Design Center in Irvine, California and "hints at a possible design direction for a future-generation crossover, blending attributes of a tall urban car and a premium utility vehicle," according to the company press release. In addition, the interior boasts seat fabrics made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyster made from reclaimed soda bottles..
Photos of the Nuvis can be viewed by clicking the 35 mm slide icon below.
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