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.