Each car is the result of a long development process in which automakers build many pre-production vehicles that never see the light of day. Instead of getting rid of one of its Ioniq 5 concept cars entirely, Hyundai has repurposed the car’s parts to make an air purifier.
According to a YouTube video description, the model has “passed numerous tests to ensure our safety.” The video notes that over the course of a year, the vehicle was used to test the likes of the vehicle’s acoustic alert system, regulating pedestrian noise and wind tunnel noise.
The video shows Hyundai engineers stripping the Ioniq 5 from its bones, then designing a completely different product using the components. Among other parts, they used the cooling fan, door panels, LED taillight, infotainment unit and of course the filter unit. Engineers put a 20-inch alloy wheel at the top of the case (so the scrubber will probably be a little too big), while the car’s logo adds some pro branding.
Although many auto parts are already recyclable, including batteries, this is a great experience. He suggests that there are other sustainable ways to reuse a car that has outlived its usefulness otherwise. Meanwhile, Hyundai began delivering the Ioniq 5 in the US this month.
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