Many countries have invested in green public transportation as of late, with both the UK and the US implementing trial electric bus services. However South Korea set to surpass both nations as the Seoul Metropolitan Governmentrecently rolled out the world’s first commercial all-electric bus service!
The electric bus service was developed in partnership with Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hankuk Fiber. The buses were designed to be as efficient as possible — each bus can run up to about 52 miles on a single charge and they have a maximum speed of about 62 miles per hour. The vehicles’ lithium-ion battery packs can be fully charged in less than 30 minutes and they also feature regenerative braking systems that reuse energy from brakes when running downhill.
The buses have also been built to be as green as possible. They are made from a carbon composite material, instead of iron plates, which considerably reduces the vehicle’s weight while reinforcing durability.
The development is the first step in Seoul’s ‘electrification’ of their bus services — the government has announced that half of its massive fleet of buses will be electric by 2020. Seoul’s grand plan is to have a total of 120,000 electric vehicles in use within the city by the end of the decade, which will account for 50 percent of all public transport vehicles, 10 percent of sedans, and one percent of trucks and vans.