Hyundai launches double decker EV bus with huge battery

Hyundai electric double decker bus (Image: HYUNDAI)

South Korean company Hyundai Motor Corp. has launched double-decker electric bus at the ‘Land, Infrastructure and Transport Technology Fair’ held in Korea.

This EV bus can convey 70 travellers on a range of 300km on a single charge, and Hyundai claims that it tends to be energized in only 72 minutes.  Hyundai says the 70-traveller limit is 1.5 occasions in excess of a customarily controlled double decker, and that the electric drivetrain accompanies the advantages of having the option to include increasingly disabled accessibility.

The big battery pack powers a 321hp (240kW) electric motor while the bus features independent suspension for a more comfortable ride and a rear-wheel steering system to make it more manoeuvrable as is the case with these buses. 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.

ByoungWoo Hwang, Head of Commercial Vehicle Advanced Engineering team at Hyundai Motor said, ““The double-decker electric bus is an environmentally friendly vehicle optimized for global eco-friendly trends, This will not only ultimately improve the air quality but also contribute greatly to easing commuting hour traffic congestion by accommodating more passengers.”

How the 72-minute charge time is achieved has not been stated by the brand, but Volvo has achieved similar results with 300kW chargers specialized for electric heavy vehicles. The fastest electric charging units for cars are about 100kW at present. Most in Australia are 50kW or less.

The bus is also equipped with dual-axle steering and has advanced active safety features like auto emergency braking (AEB) and lane keeps assist (LKAS). It took 18 months to develop the bus with assistance from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Although conventional buses run on diesel and are by their heavy nature heavy polluters, a full bus is estimated to take up to 40 cars off the road, reducing congestion and subsequently emissions. The Australian bus industry estimates that just a 10 per cent shift in the use of buses would result in a reduction in CO2 emissions by 400,000 tones. The result would be compounded by a fleet of electric buses. Earlier this year, Volvo – which provides buses for many of Australia’s fleets – also revealed an electric autonomous single-deck bus in Singapore.

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