Hyundai reveals electric double-decker bus
Hyundai Motor has revealed its aptly-named Electric Double-Decker Bus, which is being shown at the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Technology Fair in South Korea.
Developed to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, the all-electric people carrier has seating for up to 70 people – 11 on the first floor and 59 on the second – which is 1.5 times as many passengers as a regular bus in Korea.
Headlining the package is the electric drive system, which consists of a 384kWh water-cooled polymer battery, which claims a driving range of up to 300 kilometres, and can be fast charged in as little as 72 minutes.
The EV bus rides on an independent suspension system at the front for "a more comfortable ride" and a 240kW electric motor, while the rear axle gets another electric motor that "minimises the loss of electricity".
Hyundai has also included a rear-wheel steering system to enhance manoeuvrability.
Other features include Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) which "helps identify the drivers intended driving direction and maintain the vehicle in control", along with autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.
"The double-decker electric bus is an environmentally friendly vehicle optimised for global eco-friendly trends," said Byoung Woo Hwang, head of the commercial vehicle advanced engineering team at Hyundai.
"This will not only ultimately improve the air quality, but also contribute greatly to easing commuting hour traffic congestion by accommodating more passengers."
Hyundai hasnt detailed if and when it plans to put the EV bus into production, but the company says vehicles will be equipped with "various passenger-friendly features including added accessibility for the disabled".
The Electric Double-Decker Bus is on display at the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Technology Fair runs from May 29-31.