South Korean manufacturer Hyundai is already an expert in electromobility. Following the introduction of the IONIQ car, which is causing so much interest, especially its totally electric version, come non-polluting industrial vehicles. Hyundai has presented its new version of the Elec City bus with more than 300 kilometers of autonomy.
Hyundai Motor is demonstrating its vision for future commercial vehicle technologies by developing alternative-fuel powertrains and intelligent safety features across its entire commercial vehicle range.
“We’re sure that a new era of commercial vehicle enterprise will begin with this showcase event.”
Hyundai Motor has a pedigree for developing alternatively-fueled commercial vehicles, with research and development into hybrid, electric and fuel cell technology starting in 1999. This led to Hyundai Motor producing the ground-breaking Blue-City commercial vehicle in 2013 – the world’s first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) hybrid bus.
Since 2015, Hyundai Motor has accelerated its research and development of electric and fuel cell buses. Elec City – Hyundai Motor’s first mass-produced electric bus – showcases the brand’s technological achievements, highlighting the breadth of electric bus technology from the brand. Alongside production of the electric bus, Hyundai Motor plans to launch the third generation of its fuel cell bus in 2018, having shown the first-generation vehicle at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Mr Yeongduck Tak, Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Vehicle R&D Division said, “Hyundai Motor has achieved a lot in the eco-friendly vehicle field, but we will never stand still. We continue to invest heavily to ensure zero-emission technology for all commercial vehicles.”
Elec City provides a glimpse into the future of the public transportation. The bus demonstrates the suitability of Hyundai Motor’s pioneering fully-electric powertrain for commercial application.
On the road, Elec City boasts best-in-class driving range. With a 256kwh lithium-ion polymer battery, the bus can drive 290km (180 miles) on a single charge. Furthermore, it features a variety of safety- and human-centered facilities, such as Around View Monitoring and a Full Color Digital Cluster.