Hyundai’s New Emissions-Free Bus Travels 180 Miles On Just One Hour Of Charging
-by Alexa Erickson
Environmentally-friendly vehicles aren’t quite yet a dime a dozen, but the options have certainly become more diverse. Companies are now trying to stay on top of the public’s overwhelming desire to go green.
South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Co. is considered one of leaders in the game, having made huge leaps in its green car lineup in recent years. In an effort to diversify its lineup with environmentally-friendly vehicles, and enhance its brand image in global markets that thrive on clean modes of transportation, Hyundai announced that it will launch an all-electric bus in the domestic market next year.
Should Hyundai make the emission-free bus available in the U.S., it will certainly have competition, like the Chinese manufacturer BYD, which has sold electric buses in California, as has the Canadian company GreenPower. Then there’s Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who, as none of us should be surprised, has been considering developing an electric bus.
“There still remain things to be improved in terms of the charging infrastructure for pure electric vehicles,” said Tak Yeong-duck, senior vice president of Hyundai’s Commercial Vehicle R&D Division. “But we have decided to launch the Elec City next year as the government plans to increase the number of charging stations in the coming years.”