- ‘Blue Drive,’ our strategy for green technology,
spearheads the development of low-pollution,
highly fuel-efficient cars.
- Zero CO2 emission is a dream every car company should ultimately aspire to fulfill because our future depends on it. Hyundai has come a step closer to this dream with the ‘Blue Drive’ strategy which aims to improve the fuel economies of mass production models and to develop a variety of new eco-friendly models.
was launched in the Korean market, and soon Sonata gasoline hybrid model followed suit and was launched in the U.S. market in 2011.
The ‘Parallel Hybrid System’ and the lithium polymer battery-pack found in the Sonata gasoline hybrid model were the first of its kind and showed both superior performance and high fuel economy. The 2013 model, with 40 mpg on highway and 36 mpg in city driving has already won numerous awards, demonstrating high customer satisfaction.
UTILIZING ALTERNATIVE FUEL SOURCES
Bi-fuel/Flexible fuel vehicles
Hyundai is developing engines and car models that can utilize diverse types of alternative fuels such as biofuels. In Brazil and North America, where there is a regular supply of ethanol as fuel source, the sales of Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFV) that use both ethanol and gasoline are on the rise. In Europe where diesel cars are preferred, Hyundai cars that can use BD5 fuel, a mixture of conventional diesel with 5 percent bio-diesel, are promoted. Also, in India, where Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is relatively abundant, Hyundai has released cars utilizing CNG as well as a bi-fuel model, i10, that can use both gasoline and LPG.
A car with a fuel economy of 27.8 km/ℓ (New Europe Driving Cycle, NEDC), a driving distance of up to 594 km on a single charge (NEDC), top speed of 161 km/h, and ignition-start capability at -20 °C. Improved fuel economy achieved through 20 percent reduction in overall volume.
ENHANCING OVERALL EFFICIENCY
Double-clutch transmission and kapa continuously variable transmission
Hyundai uses three methods to enhance the fuel economy of new cars:
- • maximization of fuel efficiency in powertrain
- • minimization of the loss of energy.
- • use of recycled energy sources.
The very first hybrid model by Hyundai that was mass produced and exported overseas. High driving performance with high fuel economy achieved by dedicated hybrid engine, six-speed auto transmission, parallel hybrid system and world’s first use of lithium-ion polymer battery with 4-way safety design.
Multi-material mix ultra-light bodies
Hyundai makes lighter cars by using new materials and new production techniques. Replacing steel materials with aluminum, enhancing tensile strength and the use of magnesium carbon fiber are just some of Hyundai’s innovative methods of making lightweight materials. Also, reducing the thickness of steel-based components by up to 30 percent, implementing hollow inner structures, and developing Multi-Material Mix car bodies are some examples of improved production techniques for weight reduction.
The car with the world’s first LPi hybrid system developed by Hyundai, combining impressive fuel economy with high performance by alternating powertrain depending on specific driving conditions. Released in Korea in 2009, it led the market of eco-friendly cars.
MEETING DIVERSE FUEL ECONOMY REGULATIONS
Clean diesel model with reduced CO2 emission
One way to develop green technology is to continuously strive to meet the ever more stringent fuel economy requirements legislated by different countries. To this end, Hyundai has been producing cars with remarkable fuel economy. In 2011, in addition to the launch of the new Accent, Hyundai introduced to the U.S. fuel efficient models such as the Elantra (Avante), Veloster, and Sonata Hybrid. In Europe, Hyundai sells low CO2 emission and clean diesel models ranging from compact-to medium-sized sedans including i20, i30, and i40, demonstrating Hyundai’s commitment to a clean environment.
Using lithium-ion polymer battery along with advanced electric powertrain components, BlueOn EVs achieve a driving distance of 140 km per charge, top speed of 130 km/h, and zero-to-100 km/h acceleration performance of 15.7 seconds.