South Korean automotive giant Hyundai has recently unveiled Elec City, a futuristic electric vehicle that can go up to 180 miles on just a single hour of charging. Its impressive performance, according to the developers, can be chalked up to its powerful 256 kWh battery pack and engine. The first of its kind to be manufactured by the company, this zero-emissions bus will likely be available commercially by early next year.
First seen at the Korean Truck and Bus Mega Fair, the Elec City has been built as part of Hyundai’s efforts to turn away from environmentally-damaging fossil fuels in favor of greener and cleaner technologies. Speaking about the vehicle, which is priced at around 200 million won (approx. US $179,000) excluding the government subsidy of nearly 100 million won, a senior official Tak Yeong-Duck said:
There still remain things to be improved in terms of the charging infrastructure for pure electric vehicles. But we have decided to launch the Elec City next year as the government plans to increase the number of charging stations in the coming years.
The result of eight long years of research and development, the Elec City is actually one of Hyundai’s many initiatives geared towards enhancing fuel efficiency of its popular vehicles by up to 30-percent as early as 2020. The company has yet to reveal if the electrically-powered, zero-emissions bus will be available for purchase in the United States.
To know more about the Elec City, head over to Hyundai’s official website.
Via: Yonhap News Agency