A look at Hyundai’s Future
Hyundai has unveiled its new concept battery electric vehicle, the ‘Prophecy’, and it is a ripper.
The Prophecy has, at least to this writer’s eye, a hint of Porsche 911 about it, but there’s nothing wrong in having some similarity to one of history’s great cars and the extra sleekiness of the design is a mark of its purportedly excellence aerodynamics – a must for any BEV.
That aerodynamic excellence is, Hyundai says, aided by the propeller shapes embedded in the vehicle’s wheel that compel air to be drawn in and flow down the side of the body. The integrated rear spoiler harnesses downforce that aids vehicle stability when travelling at speed. A wide air intake installed below the bumper takes fresh air to cool the batteries more effectively.
Progressive lighting technology is integrated into the headlamp, tail lamp and spoiler, and pixelated lamps will, the company says, be carried forward as a signature design element in future Hyundai models.
Prophecy utilises autonomous driving technology, but drivers can keep control by joysticks, used instead of a steering wheel. There’s one in the centre console and another on the door trim. Buttons on the joysticks allow drivers to access to a wide variety of functions.
Design changes enabled by using joysticks offer more ‘visual freedom’ to passengers. In Relax mode, there are virtually no visual obstacles. All that the passengers see is the horizontal pillar-to-pillar display and the wing-shaped dashboard. In this mode, the dashboard swivels, allowing for a spacious interior and seat position.
External intakes placed at the bottom of the side doors allow air to circulate through Clean Air Technology, providing a stream of purified air inside the vehicle. In addition, the treated air is circulated back out into the atmosphere as clean air.
8 June 2020