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South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai has revealed a bus with electric drivetrain. The bus, named Elec City is scheduled to be launched in the Korean domestic market in 2018.
Environment-friendly vehicles are trending in a big way, and the trend of going green is expected to grow even more in the coming years. Automobile manufacturers are giving it their best shot to develop green vehicles.
Although there are many ways of developing green vehicles such as going the Hybrid way or even Hydrogen fueled cars, right now it does seem like an all-electric drivetrain is the best alternative to fossil fuel guzzling internal combustion engines.
The Green trend is hot even in the commercial vehicle segment, and manufacturers are going all out to develop green commercial vehicles. Hyundai's Initiative in developing this bus is also seen as a result of the drive to go green.
The Elec City is powered by electric motors driven by a 256 kilowatt-per-hour battery and can run up to a claimed 290 kilometres on a single charge, which takes 67 minutes. A short 30-minute charge is enough to see the bus run 170 kilometres. So it is clear that the Elec City is intended for intra-city commuters. There are rumours that Hyundai might also launch a long-range electric bus in 2018.
Hyundai has a strong presence in its home country and hence might easily be able to market the Elec City there. But would it be able to compete with global giants like Volvo, Scania, MAN and Daimler if the electric bus is launched in the European market? Well, we can see for ourselves if it is launched in Europe.
India is not far behind when it comes to electric commercial vehicles. Ashok Leyland launched an electric bus last year, Mahindra and Tata too have plans to develop electric buses. While cities like Mumbai and Delhi are now adopting electric buses as their green alternative, Bangalore became the first city to consider electric buses.
The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) began testing an electric bus from Chinese manufacturer BYD in 2014, and in 2016 confirmed an order for 150 electric buses. A spokesperson from the BMTC confirmed that using electric buses had reduced the cost per kilometre by more than 60 percent.
The bus is priced at 200 million won (Rs 1.15 crore).