Hyundai has unveiled their mass production electric bus called Elec City. The bus is slated to reach a range of 290km on a single charge. The bus is powered by a 256kwh lithium-ion polymer battery and according to Yon Hap News, the bus only needs around 67 minutes to get the battery up to full capacity.
Charging the bus for 30mins gives it 180km of range. Not bad considering that these type of buses would target to serve the cities and urban areas which mean electric busses are the future. Currently, buses have been blamed for creating a lot of pollution together with other large vehicles especially the older diesel variants running on high sulphur grade diesel. Furthermore, it features a variety of safety- and human-centered facilities, such as Around View Monitoring and a Full Color Digital Cluster.
Mr Yeongduck Tak, Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Vehicle R&D Division said, “Hyundai Motor has achieved a lot in the eco-friendly vehicle field, but we will never stand still. We continue to invest heavily to ensure zero-emission technology for all commercial vehicles.”
Hyundai plans to launch a bus powered by fuel-cell as well in 2018 alongside the electric bus as part of their zero-emission push.
Hyundai Motor’s commercial vehicle commitments reach around 130 countries and the company aims to sell more than 105,000 commercial vehicles globally this year.