Hyundai announced at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday a new all-electric SUV concept vehicle that includes everything from salon seats to what Hyundai calls a “hygienic” interior, a fitting feature as we move into the third. year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Concept vehicles are exactly what they sound like – exercises in creativity and technology that can point to a possible future vehicle. However, just because a vehicle appears as a concept at an auto show doesn’t mean it will ever appear at your local dealership. In this case, Hyundai has created a concept of a full-size SUV, on a real platform that you can buy from the dealership.
The Concept: hygienic interiors
While many other automakers have introduced concepts with salon-like interiors and 360 degree swivel seats for days when fully autonomous driving becomes a reality for the masses, the unique feature of the SEVEN concept lies in its hygienic interior features.
First of all, a âHygiene Air Flowâ system isolates the air flow between the front and rear passengers. Air enters through the inlets in the roof rails and exits the vehicle through the wheel vents in what Hyundai calls the âvertical modeâ. In horizontal mode, or what we normally think of as typical vehicle ventilation, air moves from front to back. Hyundai says the system will work whether the vehicle is in motion or parked and that it is inspired by the most advanced systems used in airplanes.
Along with a bespoke airflow, Hyundai also showcased their concept for keeping the interior clean between passengers and commutes, as we will all be sharing autonomous vehicles in the future. In the age of the pandemic, this kind of concern is very real as the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets and aerosols that can survive for many hours on all kinds of surfaces, including tissues.
The SEVEN concept has a UVC sterilization cycle that runs after the passengers have left the vehicle. UVC, or ultraviolet-C, light is a disinfectant for air, water, and non-porous surfaces, and the FDA has reported that it kills the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is the virus that causes COVID . UVC light can burn eyes and skin, which is why all passengers should be out of the vehicle before the program starts.
In addition to the custom airflow and UVC sterilization, Hyundai has also included interesting touches like copper, which has antimicrobial characteristics, and hygienically treated fabric to further prevent the spread of future viruses. Hyundai has even included a âshoe freshenerâ that cleans and deodorizes your shoes.
Actual charge and autonomy
The Hyundai SEVEN concept will be based on Hyundai’s Global Electric Modular Platform, or E-GMP. This platform already underpins other vehicles in the Hyundai-Kia Group, such as the new all-electric Ioniq 5 crossover, Hyundai’s first production vehicle built on the platform. This is the same platform the Kia EV6 is built on and will be the basis for future electric vehicles from Hyundai-Kia-owned luxury brand Genesis.
The platform allows electric vehicles to charge at speeds of 400 volts and 800 volts, in the case of real vehicles like the Ioniq 5, allowing it to charge from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes on a 350 kW DC rapid charger. Hyundai says it can get over 300 miles of range with the larger 77.4 kWh battery they offer.
While concept vehicles are often vaporware for the most part, the Hyundai SEVEN Concept offers an interesting mix of fantasy and reality that gives the world a glimpse of what the company thinks the future may hold for transportation.