Hyundai Reveals Electric Double-Decker Bus With 186 Miles Of Range

Hyundai has revealed its first, fully electric double-decker bus in Korea, as part of the company’s efforts to help in reducing air pollution and traffic.

Hyundai’s first electric double-decker bus is fitted with a water-cooled 384kWh polymer battery pack, making it capable of travelling up to 300km (186 miles) on a single charge. The company says that a full charge can be completed in 72 minutes.

The big battery pack powers a 321hp (240kW) electric motor while the bus features independent suspension for a more comfortable ride and a rear-wheel steering system to make it more maneuverable as is the case with these buses.

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“The double-decker electric bus is an environmentally friendly vehicle optimized for global eco-friendly trends,” said ByoungWoo Hwang, Head of Commercial Vehicle Advanced Engineering team at Hyundai Motor. “This will not only ultimately improve the air quality, but also contribute greatly to easing commuting hour traffic congestion by accommodating more passengers.”

The new Korean zero-emissions bus can fit up to 70 passengers, featuring 11 seats on the first floor and 59 seats on the upper floor. Its design includes an automatic sliding ramp and a low floor for easier access/exit for disabled and mobility impaired passengers. Advanced safety features like a Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and Lane Keeping Assist are also present.

Hyundai’s first electric double-decker bus is on display at the ‘Land, Infrastructure and Transport Technology Fair’ in Korea.

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  • Six_Tymes

    say what you will, EV’s still have a way to go. 186 Miles Of Range is pathetic.

    • PK

      you think we can say the same thing in the next 10 or 20 years about this?

    • liams92

      186 miles is plenty. I can only assume you think these busses will be crossing the country, in which case you are wrong. The average bus does less than 186 miles driving in towns and cities each day. They won’t need to charge for 72 minutes during in day because they will be plugged in overnight or when the bus is sat in the depot for 10 minutes between runs.

      • Exactly.

        • P H

          Nope.

          From the Hyundai press release: “The bus allows up to 70 passengers – 11 seats on the first floor and 59 seats on the second floor” = typical layout for a coach bus crossing the country. Would be totally impractical and inefficient for city use with this kind of seat allocation.

      • evcharger

        yes, as city bus, spending most of it’s time in grid-lock traffic, 186 miles is good for entire day of service.

  • Super Rob

    I would be interested in their charging. Are the batteries separated into modules where they plug in multiple chargers to get that recharge time.

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