According to a report coming out of South Korea, the Korean automaker is gearing up to mass produce electric buses with a battery range of 100 km.
Hyundai is transitioning into electric
We recently reported Hyundai’s plan to release four new all-electric vehicles by the end of 2020. It seems the South Korean company is really making a transition from the not-so-successful hydrogen fuel cell technology to battery-powered electro-mobility.
Now, according to ET News, Hyundai is preparing to mass produce electric buses, which will be powered by two 51kWh batteries, giving it a battery range of around 100 km or 62 miles. It is said that the company is looking to expedite the production rate next year to introduce these battery-powered buses in its home turf as well as in China.
Although not official yet, rumours point to LG’s batteries for these buses. LG already provides lithium-ion batteries found in the Chevy Bolt, and the company also recently announced its partnership with Faraday Future.
What Tesla started is likely to continue
Before Tesla, electro-mobility wasn’t as big a topic; however, with growing pressure from international organizations as well as governments to reduce harmful pollutants and with Elon Musk’s game-changing entry into the electric car arena, manufacturers have been becoming more and more involved in battery-powered vehicles.
ET News claims that Hyundai looked into electric buses as early as 2014, but instead decided to focus on hydrogen fuel cell buses, which are in use in South Korea currently. However, now that the market has grown considerably and is finally starting to be profitable, the company may be revisiting its plans from two years ago.
Whether Hyundai does end up mass producing electric buses or not, one thing is for sure: the South Korean automaker, like many other car manufacturers, is moving towards zero-emission battery-based electric vehicles, and that market is likely to continue to grow.