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 more passengers.”