Do you like public transportation? I don’t. But I understand they make sense in many cases, as they’re cheap and energy efficient. One bus might have the same fuel mileage as 3 or 4 cars, but if there’s 40 people aboard, that single bus will use one tenth of the energy of 40 cars. Most of the time still, I’d rather use my car, because it’s more confortable and way faster than any bus. Until now.
Welcome to the Superbus, a new generation bus for the 21st century. How does a 150 mph cruising speed sound? This is a dutch project, with no plan to get into heavy city traffic. The Superbus is more suited for long distances, but not too long as more appropriate for flying. Dubai to Abu Dabhi might be perfect. There’s 80 miles of desert between the 2 arabian cities.
One saudi company has already invested in the project, as a superfast bus would be much cheaper than a high speed train. Even with a dedicated highway. The Superbus has been in development in Holland for more than 3 years. There’s a running prototype which you see on the pictures, and the goal is to get it in operation by 2015.
The Superbus offers 23 seats. It is 50 feet long, and best of all, the Superbus is a zero emission vehicle as it’s electric. But we wonder about the battery. Even with top aerodynamics, driving at high speed requires a lot of energy. The motor of the Superbus makes 300-kW, and the team says it has a range of 130 miles. It is definitely possible, but this will require a monster battery. What do you think?