The hybrid bus is equipped with a G-CNG Engine that offers 177kW (240ps) and a 6-speed automated manual transmission, while its 60kW (82ps) highly-efficient electric motor and 3.8kWh lithium-polymer battery enable safe driving and efficient charging.
Despite cutting down the total number of fuel tanks to five from seven, “Blue-City” can still operate 340km on a single charge, which is equivalent to the existing CNG bus. Furthermore, the maximum speed stands at 100km/h, which is ideal for a metro bus. The fuel efficiency of ‘Blue-City’ is about 30-40 percent higher than that of normal CNG buses, enabling metro bus operators to save costs.
In terms of CO2 emissions, the CNG hybrid bus emits over 24 percent less CO2 (equivalent to about 33 tons per year/vehicle) than a conventional CNG bus and 35 percent less than a diesel bus.
Hyundai will operate 30 test units of “Blue-City” in selected metropolitan areas from July, with plans to mass produce the vehicles in 2012. The company will continue to expand its “Blue Drive” strategy and products to secure its position as an eco-friendly automaker.
Source: Hyundai Motor Company