Hyundai Double-Decker Electric Bus Can Go 186 Miles

Hyundai developed the first double-decker electric bus with support from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport

Hyundai Motor unveiled its first double-decker bus, which is also all-electric and with a 386 kWh liquid-cooled battery, it can go 300 km (186 miles) on a single charge. According to the press release, the bus can be fully recharged in 72 minutes.

The South Korean company has been working on the project for 18 months to further reduce traffic congestion and air pollution in cities. Having the second floor enables it to take significantly more passengers than a single-decker bus of the same length.

Now the question is how many will be ordered by cities?

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“The bus allows up to 70 passengers – 11 seats on the first floor and 59 seats on the second floor – 1.5 times as many passengers as compared to that of a regular bus. Through the implementation of two fixed-in-space wheelchairs, an automatic sliding ramp and low floor design, the double-decker bus secures added accessibility for disabled and mobility impaired passengers.”

“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.”

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