Hyundai Introduces Impressive Electric Bus Design

Hyundai Introduces Impressive Electric Bus Design

There are a number of bus manufacturers that are currently working on electric buses that will be able to travel for hundreds of miles at a time on a single charge. One of these companies is the Korean automaker Hyundai, which is planning on unveiling the Elec City bus in 2018.

The Elec City bus is going to be the very first mass-produced electric bus produced by Hyundai, and it sounds like it’s going to have some exciting features.

The Elec City bus will rely on a 256kWh battery pack that will allow for it to go for up to 180 miles before it needs to be recharged. But what makes it even more exciting is that it will only take about one hour for the battery to recharge, which means that the bus will be able to get back on the road after running out of juice in no time.

Hyundai has been working on the Elec City bus for several years now as part of an initiative to increase the number of electric vehicles the company produces.

Originally, Hyundai was only able to squeeze about 90 miles out of the Elec City bus on a single charge, but the technology has improved so dramatically in recent years that engineers have been able to double the bus’s range.

It’s unclear if Hyundai will ever bring the bus to the United States, but if it does, it would certainly offer many towns and cities a great transit option.

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Manure Powered Bus Breaks Speed Record

Manure Powered Bus Breaks Speed Record

In recent years, environmentally minded engineers have begun experimenting with a variety of different fuel sources in an attempt to find a viable alternative to crude oil.

From vegetable oil to natural gas to lithium-ion batteries, conscientious gearheads have begun experimenting with all sorts of different fuel sources over the course of the past decade or so.

The latest of these experiments comes to us courtesy of Reading Buses in the UK, who have made a bus that runs on nothing but cow excrement.

Strictly speaking it runs on biomethane fuel derived from cow manure, but let’s not get bogged down in technicalities. What’s really impressive about the so-called “Bus Hound” is that it doesn’t just amble around highways like a heifer out to pasture. In fact, it can just about blow the doors off of any other bus on the road.

Whereas most buses generally top out at around 60mph, the Bus Hound was able to complete a record lap at Bedford’s Millbrook Proving Ground at a blazing 76mph.

The BBC reported that chief engineer John Bickerton designed and built the bus in hopes of illustrating the “viability, power and credibility of buses fueled by cow poo.” Bickerton went on to explain that his team “wanted to get the image of bus transport away from being dirty, smelly and slow.”

It remains to be seen whether or not manure will be powering your local highway coaches anytime soon, but it’s an exciting development in an evolving industry that’s worth keeping an eye on. For now, though, we’ll stick to diesel.