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  • Peanut-shaped eco-friendly electric bus in Namsan

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    A trip up to Namsan (Mt.) has just become more exciting. Anyone seeking to go up to Namsan can add ‘flavor’ to the experience by taking the peanut-shaped eco-friendly electric bus, launched on Dec. 21.

    Seoul City said the bus was officially adopted following a pilot operation test in November and December. It highlighted that the eco-friendly bus is the result of environmentally-friendly research and technological developments carried out for a period of one year and six months under the city’s objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make the air cleaner.

    The eco-friendly bus designed for Namsan travel measures 11.05 meters in length. It can travel at up to 100 kilometers an hour and traverse a distance of 83 kilometers with a full charge. The vehicle can be fully recharged in 30 minutes.

    The bus has the curves of a peanut and was designed to symbolize the N Seoul Tower and its scenic view.

    There are currently 14 city buses that stop at Namsan. They cover three bus routes: Lines 02, 03, and 05.

    The buses traveling to Namsan run from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The three bus lines pass by the following key bus stops: N Seoul Tower, Soong Eui Women’s College, Daehan Cinema, National Theater of Korea, Itaewon, Fire Branch (Office), Dongguk Univ. Station, Jangchung Station, Yaksu-dong, and the Namsan North Rotary.

    Seoul City said five eco-friendly buses are now in operation, three of which are for Line No. 02 and one each for Lines No. 3 and No. 5. It said plans are under way to have all 14 buses replaced gradually.

    It added that it looks forward to the Namsan electric bus becoming a popular tour course for both international visitors and locals visiting Namsan.