Buses also want to jump on the zero emissions bandwagon. Hyundai has unveiled its first mass-produced electric bus dubbed the Elec City. With one hour of charge, this bus can travel almost 300 kilometers thanks to a 256 kWh battery. Best of all, Hyundai’s first zero-emission bus will be available to order in 2018.
According to a report by the Yonhap News Agency, the company wants to invest in eco-innovation “to” diversify its offering with more sustainable vehicles, thus improving its brand image in global markets.
Tak Yeong-duck, Vice President of Hyundai’s commercial vehicle division, admits that the Elec City bus still has some problems, but also says they are improving in efficiency. Their biggest problem is charging stations, which are still under development.
This bus will be priced at $179,000, without subsidies. It has not yet been confirmed in the markets where it will be sold, in the case of Europe or the United States.
If Hyundai puts this zero-emission bus up for sale in the United States, it will face fierce competition. The Chinese manufacturer BYD sells electric buses in California, as well as the Canadian company GreenPower. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has also considered developing an electric bus and knowing his ambition, it could happen sooner rather than later.
Now that Hyundai has unveiled its first zero-emission bus, it has a new goal, to improve the efficiency of its combustion engine vehicles by up to 30% by 2020. In addition, the company aims to sell 105,000 commercial vehicles in global markets, surpassing the 102,000 units sold in 2016.
Hyundai plans to launch an electric car in 2018, specifically the Kona model.
+ Information: hyundai.com