With an ongoing spree of new Electric vehicles coming up, Hyundai has revealed something to solve the problems of public transport. A Double decker bus! The launch took place at the ‘Land, Infrastructure and Transport Technology Fair’ held in Korea. It was an 18 months long project which started in 2017.
The idea behind electric public transport is pretty simple, lots of people use public transport for their daily travel, making buses of electric will help immensely to reduce pollution levels. The bus could seat a total of 70 passengers. 59 passengers on the lower floor and another 11 on the upper level.
Measuring at almost 13m, 12,990mm to be exact and is 3,995 mm high. First driving axle gets itself an independent suspension, a 240kW wheel motor which is coupled with another motor in the second axle, to minimize electricity loses. It also gets a rear wheel steering for better maneuverability in the streets.
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,”, he further added “This will not only ultimately improve the air quality but also contribute greatly to easing commuting hour traffic congestion by accommodating more passengers.”
Powering the Double Decker is a pretty powerful 384 kWh water-cooled high-efficiency polymer battery. The range of the bus is 300km which is pretty decent. Fully charging the battery will take around 72 minutes, a little more than an hour.
Other features include space for two wheelchairs, better accessibility for disabled passengers including an automatic sliding ramp. Hyundai has included various safety features on the bus too. Such as Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), a system which helps the driver with vehicle direction and maintains better control, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and a Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system equipped with a camera to detect a collision and brake automatically to avoid a collision or reduce damage.
Hyundai has no plans to bring this bus in India for a while, and it is only for Korea. But with increasing pollution in India, Electric public transport can be a good alternative to Diesel powered buses. We have to wait until some manufacturer plans something like this for India.
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