It’s 15 meters long, super luxurious and totally electric powered. It’s called the Superbus, and it was originally proposed as a super fast and luxurious commuter vehicle between the UEA Emirate states of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This totally electric and futuristic looking vehicle, was originally designed in the Netherlands, and put through its paces in road tests in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, has now been certified as “road Legal” by transportation authorities in the Netherlands, according to The National.
Now certified Road Legal, the Superbus sports its new license tag
Designed to carry passengers seeking luxury and fast commuting times, the Superbus was designed by he Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology under the direction of Professor Wubbo Ockels, who is a former astronaut. The vehicle is made of lightweight materials and has eight gull wing type doors of either side. It is designed to carry up to 23 passengers, each one sitting in luxurious ergo dynamic seats.
When it was tested in Masdar City by aerodynamic designer Antonia Terzi, she told reporters that the Superbus drives like a car: “After a couple of laps you forget you have 15 metres behind you. It’s really, really responsive and it drives really, really nicely.”
The project, which was originally budgeted at 7 million Euro, is now closer to being a commercial reality after the Netherlands transport ministry assigned it a license plate BX-XG-15.
When in service, the Superbus will drive of a special “fast lane” that will be built alongside the regular highway between the two United Arab Emirates cities. The car’s specially designed lithium ion batter pack will be recharged by solar power, making the car virtually energy independent.
This fact, along with being virtually non polluting, makes much better sense than super luxury cars like the white gold Mercedes sports coupe that turned heads a while back in Abu Dhabi.
The Superbus will be able to drive the 120 km distance between the two super cities in only 30 minutes.
While this may be great for the well to do, most other people will probably have to take the bus – the regular tourist one that is.
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