Not just a maker of passenger cars, South Korean automotive company Hyundai has taken the wraps off its latest vehicle, an electric double decker bus.
As part of the company’s effort to increase efficiency and to reduce vehicle emissions, Hyundai has equipped the 70 passenger bus with a 384kWh water-cooled polymer battery, which produces a maximum 186 miles of driving range on a single charge. A full charge can be completed in 72 minutes.
The all-new bus, is the first of its kind for Hyundai and joins a growing number of manufacturers creating large and commercial electric vehicles to help reduce pollution – particularly for public transportation.
“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 large electric double-decker bus is 12,990 mm long and 3,995 mm high. It runs on an independent suspension system in the first driving axle for a more comfortable ride, and a 240kW wheel motor axle combined with a motor in the second axle that minimizes loss of electricity.