Hyundai Intrado concept, 2014 Geneva Motor Show
Revealed in a preview image back in December, the Intrado is a compact crossover vehicle powered by the latest generation of Hyundai's fuel cell technology, before production fuel cell Hyundais go on sale later this year.
That production vehicle is Hyundai's Tucson Fuel Cell, going on sale in the spring at $499 a month for three years, with $3,000 down.
Hyundai expects to build and sell roughly 1,000 units, but has the capacity for more if demand is high.
If the Tucson looked like the Intrado concept, we suspect all thousand units and more would find homes quite quickly.
As Motor Authority reports, Hyundai's design team took styling and materials inspiration from the aviation industry, with carbon fiber and a new lightweight steel both used in its construction. Even the name, Intrado, is sourced from the underside of an aircraft's wing.
Hyundai also says a special technique has been used to join panels and components in the Intrado's body, that could change the way cars are constructed in future.
The company doesn't give away many details--there are still patents pending--but it makes for an incredibly rigid structure and means body panels of virtually any material can be attached without compromising strength. It means panels could be chosen on the basis of weight, or ease of repair.
The body features an aerodynamic design, one that is "free of unnecessary adornments", with minimal detailing. Not that the Intrado is free of visual interest--in profile particularly, it's a highly distinctive vehicle with slashes in the sills and neat proportions.
Inside, it's all very orange--'Beaufort Orange', to be precise. It focuses on usability and adaptability, and highlights details that might normally be hidden--air vents are "see-through", for example, and bare carbon fiber is visible in the door shuts, like it is on BMW's i3.
It's under the skin where the most interesting details lurk, however.
The car is powered by a "next generation" fuel cell, paired with a 36 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The fuel cell charges the battery, power from which is used to drive the electric drive system itself.
Note: Hyundai's press release stated the car's battery is 36 kWh, but like some readers we're a little suspicious of this claim--we're double-checking with Hyundai and will confirm the battery capacity soon.
On a full tank of hydrogen, range is 372 miles and as is typically the case with hydrogen vehicles, the only emission is water.
The Intrado is set to appear at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens March 4 to press and March 6 to the public.