Hyundai Reveals Electric Bus In Korea With 180-Mile Range

Hyundai has just unveiled its second attempt at creating an electric bus for the streets of South Korea, premiering the Elec City at the Hyundai Truck & Bus Mega Fair.

The automaker first revealed an all-electric bus in 2010 but the vehicle was never given the go-ahead for production due to the high costs of batteries at the time. Seven years later and with batteries cheaper than ever, Hyundai has had another crack at it and says production and sales of the bus should commence in 2018.

Sitting beneath the conventional-looking exterior of the Elec City is a 256 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery which Hyundai says provides a range of up to 180 miles (290 km), almost 60 miles more than the electric Ioniq. Power is sent to the road through a 240 kW electric motor and a fast charging feature allows the bus to fully charge in a touch over one hour.

In a statement, the automaker said “Elec City provides a glimpse into the future of the public transportation. The bus demonstrates the suitability of Hyundai Motor’s pioneering fully-electric powertrain for commercial application.

“On the road, Elec City boasts best-in-class driving range. With a 256kwh lithium-ion polymer battery, the bus can drive 290km (180 miles) on a single charge. Furthermore, it features a variety of safety- and human-centered facilities, such as Around View Monitoring and a Full Color Digital Cluster.”


  • MarketAndChurch

    I hope they bring these to Portland

  • Shobin Drogan

    Electric taxis, buses and public transports make more sense then normal consumer cars, other car companies should be taking advantage of this market.

    • Tom

      “Electric taxis, buses and public transports make more sense then normal consumer cars,…”

      • Status

        Have you ever noticed how cites aren’t made for cars?

      • Shobin Drogan

        Because they have a route planned ahead and schedule that would be adjusted according to their fuel consumptions.
        Because they have backup vehicles if they run out of gas, other vehicles and drivers will replace them while the others are being charged.
        Because as a driver who’s job is to serve a customer based on driving, an EV car would get them far more profit than a gas car.
        Rarely a person uses public transport to cover vast distances, hence why EV makes sense here. People often use a car to cover vast distances, hence why some people would prefer a gas car compared to an EV for travelling etc.

  • pcurve

    oh boy, south korean bus drivers might hate this. almost all s.korea city bus are stick shift, even though many parts of seoul are full of hilly stop and go traffic roads. many are going to get bored driving this. lol

  • Merle

    It would be interesting to see one of these converted into a “weight conscious” motor home complete with slide out rooms.

  • exeptor

    The face reminds McLaren 720s.

    • Tom


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