The Super Bus – from Holland to UAE [VIDEO]
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The Super Bus – from Holland to UAE [VIDEO]

The man with the idea, Wubbo Ockels

Yes, it’s not a train and its not a bus, its a Super Bus. A high-speed, Eco-friendly, state of the art motor vehicle, designed for public transport, offering luxury and ease to business commuters and tourists. The electric-powered cross-over between a race bus and a limousine is being developed at the Delft University of Technology in Holland under the direction of Professor Wubbo Ockels, who in 1985 became the first Dutch citizen in space, part of the shuttle Challenger crew, and is designed by Antonia Terzi, an Italian aerodynamicist who has worked for the Ferrari and Williams Formula One teams.

The Super bus has the length and width of a normal bus, but the height of a conventional SUV, a vehicle built to carry 23 passengers and travel at speeds up to 250 Km/hour (155 mph). With a design based on low air resistance and an electric engine allowing the 15m Superbus to emit less than half the amount of CO2 of a standard car.

The project received a €7 million (Dh35.5m) grant from the Dutch government and has a number of heavyweight industrial backers, including the US chemicals giant Dow and the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation  (Sabic). The first Superbus road tests took place in Holland in September 2010, and was unveiled at the World Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport in Dubai in April 2011 by Ockels himself, as a part of the presentation to UAE Government authorities as the future of public transportation in the country, with a prototype soon to run between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is expected to cut down travel time between the two cities to just 30 minutes.

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[Sources: ConstructionWeekOnline.com, The SuperBus Project, Dubai Metro]

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