Hyundai has unveiled an electric double-decker bus. It has
space for up to 70 passengers and features 11 seats on the first floor and 59
seats on the second floor.
The e-bus includes a 384 kWh water-cooled polymer battery
and has a maximum driving range of 300 km. Hyundai says a full charge can be
completed in 72 minutes.
The bus, which is 12.9 m long and 3.9 m high, runs on independent
suspension in the first driving axle. The second axle includes a 240 kW wheel
motor axle combined with a motor to minimize electricity loss. To optimize steering,
a rear-wheel steering system works in collaboration with the steering system of
the first axle.
The e-bus also comes with advanced safety features like Vehicle
Dynamic Control, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist.
Hyundai worked for 18 months on the project, which was
supported by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism.
“The double-decker electric bus is an environmentally
friendly vehicle optimized for global eco-friendly trends,” said ByoungWoo
Hwang, head of the 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