Hyundai’s first electric minibus offers many safety and convenience features for driver and passengers for an economical and eco-friendly transportation
Hyundai Motor Company has launched its first electric minibus, the County Electric for the Korean market with an aim to provide an economical, eco-friendly and convenient alternative to diesel-powered buses for commuter transport. The 7,710-mm long County Electric will be offered in 15 to 33 seating configurations and has been equipped with an efficient 128 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery that offers a range of 250 km on a full charge. The 128-kWh battery can be fully charged in 72 minutes using a standard Combo 1 DC system (based on 150kW charging) and can also be charged using a household 220 V outlet in 17 hours.
Hyundai claims that the Country Electric provides 30 % faster acceleration compared to diesel models within the 50 to 80 km/h range. Hyundai Motor equipped the bus with the latest safety technologies to prevent accidents when passengers get on and off. Various sensors located near the middle door, including an ultrasonic sensor, prevent the door from closing while the passenger is getting on and off. The sensors also trigger an alarm when a body part gets caught in the door and automatically opens the door to prevent injury. The ultrasonic sensor is also connected to the bus’s acceleration pedal, which prevents the bus from moving forward from a stop when passenger movement is detected.
In addition, the bus is equipped with an electronically controlled, air-over-hydraulic (AOH) brake system with more robust brake discs to handle increased vehicle weight due to the battery. County Electric also comes with a virtual engine sound system and rear parking assist system to warn pedestrians and prevent accidents.
Yoon Lee, Vice President and Head of Commercial Vehicle Product Group at Hyundai Motor, said with demand for electric vehicles rising in the commercial vehicle market, Hyundai is accelerating its introduction of vehicles such as the County Electric.