Hyundai Mo­tor Com­pany plans to re­lease its first com­mer­cial elec­tric bus model by early 2018

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Hyundai Mo­tor Com­pany plans to re­lease its first com­mer­cial elec­tric bus model by early 2018.

Its elec­tric bus mod­els are al­ready in de­vel­op­ment with plans for a trial run later this year, ac­cord­ing to the South Korean ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer.

Hyundai was the first car maker in South Korea to de­velop an elec­tric bus, the “Elec- City” in 2010.

Though the model was tri­alled after its re­lease, Hyundai couldn’t price it com­pet­i­tively, and the bus was never com­mer­cialised.

Now that bat­tery prices have dropped and there is grow­ing de­mand for al­ter­na­tive fuel ve­hi­cles for public use, Hyundai will mass pro­duce elec­tric buses which can be fully charged within one hour.

A special team ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing bat­ter­ies is lead­ing a project with the goal of re­plac­ing lithium-ion bat­ter­ies with solid-state bat­ter­ies. Solid-state bat­ter­ies are thought to be safer, as they are less likely to over­heat or catch fire.

“There is grow­ing de­mand for al­ter­na­tive fuel ve­hi­cles for public use”

The de­vel­op­ment of lithium-ion tech­nol­ogy is see­ing many IT com­pa­nies ven­ture into the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try for the first time, but Hyundai is de­vel­op­ing its own tech­nol­ogy with­out the help of other com­pa­nies.

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