HYUNDAI UNVEILS ELECTRIC DOUBLE DECKER
Hyundai Motor has is yet another company to unveil an electric double decker bus. The development is a project supported by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, which began in 2017. The main purposes are of course improving air quality, reducing congestion and contribute to easing commuting hour traffic congestion by accommodating more passengers. The electric Hyundai double decker can carry up to 70 people.
Hyundai worked for 18 months on this project and showed the result at the ‘Land, Infrastructure and Transport Technology Fair’ held in Korea, co-hosted by Hyundai and the national Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The 70 passengers can choose to sit on 11 seats on the first floor or 59 seats on the second floor. Hyundai says the capacity for Korean standards is 1.5 times 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.
Hyundai equipped the all-new bus with a 384 kWh water-cooled high-efficiency polymer battery, with a 300 km range on a single charge. A full charge can be completed in 72 minutes.
The electric double-decker bus is 12,990 mm long and 3,995 mm high. The first driving axle has an independent suspension system. A 240kW wheel motor axle is combined with a motor in the second axle. The steering performance is optimized by a rear-wheel steering system.
Several safety systems help the driver, such as Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) uses the car’s front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA).