Hyundai's electric double-decker bus/Courtesy of Hyundai Motor

Hyundai unveils eco-friendly bus

Hyundai Motor took the wraps off an electric double-decker bus, which allows up to 70 passengers with 11 seats on the first floor and 59 seats on the second floor.

Hyundai unveiled the bus at a transport technology fair held in Korea co-hosted by Korea’s largest automaker and the government, which lasts from May 29 to 31.

The Seoul-based company said that it developed the electric vehicle as part of efforts to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

We have worked for 18 months on a project of making the bus, which was supported by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport,” a Hyundai official said.

The large electric double-decker bus is 12,990 mm long and 3,995 mm high. It runs on an independent suspension system in the first driving axle for a more comfortable ride, and a 240kW wheel motor axle combined with a motor in the second axle that minimizes loss of electricity. A rear-wheel steering system works in coherence with the steering system of the first axle, optimizing steering performance.”

He added that the bus also offers added accessibility for disabled and mobility-impaired passengers through the implementation of two fixed-in-space wheelchairs, an automatic sliding ramp, and low floor design.

Hyundai senior official Hwang Byung-woo expected that the bus will be able to meet multiple needs at the same time.

The double-decker electric bus is an environmentally friendly vehicle optimized for global eco-friendly trends,” said Hwang who leads commercial vehicle advanced engineering team of Hyundai.

This will not only ultimately improve the air quality but also contribute greatly to easing commuting hour traffic congestion by accommodating more passengers.”

Included in other advanced safety features of the bus, which are necessary to ensure the safety of the passengers, are vehicle dynamic control, forward collision-avoidance assist, and lane-keeping assist.