Hyundai is a company which is very serious about its electric future. They have gone ahead and invested Euro 50 Billion in developing battery and fuel cell electric technology. Hyundai aims to introduce 44 electrified vehicles by 2025 and aims to sell 670,000 electric vehicles annually by then. They aim to offer electric options for 75% of their offerings in Europe by end 2020 and sell more than 80,000 zero emission vehicles in Europe this year.
In their march toward this aim, they have showcased the Hyundai Prophecy EV. The car has got a timeless beauty. It can be drawn with just three lines. There is only one curve streamline. The car has rounded and smooth shape of a stone well weathered by flowing water. It does look very Porche in profile. It has a long wheel base and short overhangs allowed by the electric propulsion pack. The car appears to be moving smoothly even when stopped. It has a small spoiler at the rear to provide the requisite down force for grip. The wheels are propeller shaped which force the air to move into the wheel arches and flow under the body. The form of the car supports the function of improving aerodynamics which is so important for electric vehicles.
Because of the electric propulsion pack, the car has a spacious interior which allows for a comfortable seating position with recliners. To reduce the visual clutter inside, Hyundai has provided the Prophecy with a joy stick control. There are two joysticks, one in the central console and one in the door pad. How comfortable they would be and how much time it will take to get used to driving with a joystick needs to be see. However, Hyundai claims that such an arrangement, along with autonomous driving ability provide the passengers with a clear view of the dashboard and the multi media screens for a relaxed drive.
The Hyundai Prophecy comes with pixel head lamps and tail lamps which were first seen in the Hyundai 45 concept. This progressive lighting technology is integrated into the headlamp, tail lamp and spoiler, calling to mind the abundant energy contained in the vehicle’s battery cells.