Can public transport buses ever be clean? In other countries, it actually can. In fact, battery-electric buses (and not power line-reliant trolleybuses) have been around for a good part of the decade now, and it's being used in well-developed countries for quite some time now. There's even quite a number of them in active service.
Typically, these electric buses are either single-decker or articulated models. So far, only one automaker makes a pure electric double-decker bus, and that's BYD with the iconic London bus. But that's about to change.
Hyundai has unveiled their first electric double-decker bus and they hope to change public transport with it. Unlike the BYD, Hyundai's bus isn't designed to suit the needs of just one city. Hyundai designed the bus to be used in other parts of the world. That said, it will likely be first used in its home market of South Korea.
So, what are the figures? It has room for 70 passengers - with 11 seats on the first floor and 59 on the second floor. There are also partitions for those who use wheelchairs, and an automatic ramp to help mobility. It measures in just a little under 12 meters long, and four meters tall. Propulsion is provided by a 240 kw (approximately 326 PS) motor axle, along with another motor to power the second rear axle.
It would be interesting if Hyundai Philippines would consider bringing this clean double-decker in the country. But with just 70 seats on board, it looks more like a tourist bus, rather than an outright PUV. Still, one can hope that we'll see a bus that doesn't blow out soot in the future. And we're hoping Hyundai will make a push here for pure electric public transport.