Good write up on the South Korean first e-bus in service
The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has claimed a world first by
deploying electric buses on a commercial route. Previous electric bus
operations have all been trials, or in the case of Expo 2010 in Shanghai,
free public services. The buses went into service on December 21 after an 18
month development project with Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hankuk Fiber.
The electric coaches serving on the Mt. Namsan circular routes are 11.05
meters long and run up to 83km with a single charge. The lithium-ion battery
pack can be fully charged in less than 30 minutes and the bus has a maximum
speed of 100 km/h. There's also a regenerative system that reuses energy
from brakes when running downhill.
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