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Hyundai Intrado concept previews next-generation hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain

Named after the underside of an aircraft's wing, which produces lift, enabling flight to take place, the Intrado also takes technical inspiration from aircraft, including through the use of advanced materials, lightweight design and a highly efficient powertrain.

Intrado will be the first Hyundai concept car inspired by Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. The result of close collaboration between Hyundai Motor's design and engineering teams, Intrado was styled and engineered primarily at Hyundai Motor European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, which is reflected in its codename, HED-9 (Hyundai Europe Design).

New developments include a super-lightweight structure made from a mixture of advanced materials and joined using a revolutionary technique, which Hyundai says has the potential to change the way cars are constructed in the future.

The car also features a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain that is both smaller and lighter than the one powering the assembly-line-produced Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell.

Peter Schreyer, president & CDO of Hyundai Motor Group, commented: ‘Hyundai Intrado envisages a motoring future that encapsulates the efficiency and freedom associated with flying. I believe in the power of mobility to deliver emotional as well as physical connections and this car helps us find again the joy of discovery. Intrado shows that future cars can be relevant and exciting.’

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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