Hyundai plans to become a leader in the field of electric and hybrid vehicles. So far the company has revealed numerous concepts and production vehicles. Among them is the 2007 Hyundai i-Blue, a zero-emissions concept car powered by hydrogen and by the last generation of fuel cell technology that the automaker has.
According to the officials, 2012 will be the year when the production version of the i-Blue will enter the market. The production i-Blue will be sold in limited numbers because the vehicle is powered by hydrogen fuel cells, still an experimental technology. During the next two years from the launch, i-Blues are expected to be limited to just 500 to 1,000 units.
Hyundai also wants to reveal its new mini-MPV, a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle that will look very much like i-Blue. The company doesn’t stop here, because it is planning to launch another plug-in hybrid vehicle by the end of 2012.
Vehicles like the upcoming plug-in hybrid and production i-Blue are not aimed at producing profits but rather to promote Hyundai’s intention to become a leader in this field and to draw in customers. It is not the only automaker that promotes hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles. Honda, for example, had a great success due to its FCX Clarity and after one year Mercedes-Benz has launched a test fleet of its B-Class F-cell vehicles, powered by hydrogen.
[Source: All Cars Electric]