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S. Korea's national parks testing eco-friendly electric bus

All Headlines 11:42 July 01, 2018

SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's national park service said Sunday it is in the process of conducting trials for an electric powered bus at scenic locations to check the feasibility of running such a vehicle in place of conventional fossil fuel driven options.

The Korea National Park Service said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hyundai Motor Co. to run electric shuttle bus services from June through November.

The agreement calls for South Korea's largest carmaker to provide one Elec City bus that will be employed sequentially to transport visitors at Chiak, Taebaek, Juwang and Naejang mountain national parks. Mt. Chiak National Park was the first to use the bus to ferry people on weekends and holidays last month. Mt. Taebaek park will follow suit in July and August.

In the past, these parks relied solely on buses with internal combustion engines that emit pollutants into the atmosphere.

Hyundai Motor's said that it aims to earn valuable experience about its electric bus system to allow it to gather the information needed to operate such vehicles in a real world environment.

"The MOU makes it possible to showcase the bus, and by letting the general public ride it, Hyundai hopes to generate greater public awareness of the benefits of such a conveyance," the carmaker said.

It said that the bus that can haul upwards of 40 passengers and makes use of the highly efficient lithium polymer battery. This powerpack has excellent durability, and the 256kWh capacity battery has a range of 290 kilometers if driven at a constant speed of 60 kilometers per hour.

The park service, meanwhile, said using an electric bus can better preserve nature and contribute to improving air quality in the country.

Hyundai Motor Co.'s Elec City bus (Yonhap)

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