There are several companies globally who have dipped their toes into the waters of Electric Bus Development.
One interesting player in this space is Hyundai.
Although it's clearly a big outfit kickback from Seoul Local Government, nevertheless, Hyundai are the first to be placed to get mass production of electric buses going.
For the last year and a half, Hyundai Heavy Industries has partnered with the Seoul Metropolitan Government in order to figure out the best project plan to replace 50% of the diesel bus fleet with an all-electric bus fleet. This is not an insignificant sized fleet at 240,000 vehicles. The specifications of the buses involved are a top speed of 60 miles per hour, with a range of 60 miles and a full recharge in 30 minutes. That specification basically covers 80% of all potential bus routes globally.
The first steps were taken in December 2010 with the installation of 12 electric buses on the Mt Namsan circular route section in Seoul.
I await the outcome of this with great interest.