Hyundai unveils all-electric double decker bus with huge battery and fast charging

Hyundai Motor has today unveiled an all-electric double-decker bus. It forms part of the carmaker’s plan to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. It was revealed at the ‘Land, Infrastructure and Transport Technology Fair’ held in Korea, which runs from 29th May to the 31st. The 18-month project, which has been supported by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, began in 2017.

The capacity of the bus is 70-passengers, with 11 seat on the first floor and 59-seats own the second floor, which is up to 1.5-time more passengers compared to a regular bus.

There is also two fixed-in-space wheelchairs, an automatic sliding ramp, and low floor design which should help disabled passengers.

Powering the car is a 384 kWh water-cooled high-efficiency polymer battery, with a maximum 300 km (186-miles) driving range on a single charge – about the same as a Renault Zoe.

A full charge of the car can be done in an impressive 72-minutes.

It measures 2,990 mm long and 3,995 mm high and runs on an independent suspension system in the first driving axle which should allow for a more comfortable ride.

Powering the car is a 240kW wheel motor axle combined with a motor in the second axle that minimises loss of electricity

There is also a rear-wheel steering system in use with the bus.

“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.”

A number of driver assistance systems have been added into the vehicle which are Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA).

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