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Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

11/07/2011

Commissioner takes drive in 'Superbus' - New Innovation in Public Transport, The Netherlands

Superbus is a new innovation in public transport invented by Prof.dr. Wubbo Ockels of the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. It combines high speed travel with the flexibility of a road vehicle. Superbus is as long and wide as a normal bus, but is much lower. The structure and body is made of carbon.

 

It combines high speed travel with the flexibility of a road vehicle. Superbus is as long and wide as a normal bus, but is much lower. The structure and body is made of carbon. The aerodynamic shape makes Superbus highly efficient. The fully electrical vehicle uses at 250 km/h as much energy as a normal bus at 100 km/h. The 23 passengers have a spacious environment with luxury seats, like they drive in an extended limo-sports car. 16 wing doors allow easy access with minimal interference of other passengers. The Superbus batteries will give a range of 200 km and will be swapped when empty with full ones using a ‘pit stop’. Superbus is oriented towards the need of the future passenger including the emotion of driving in a "super limo sportscar".

 

Superbus performance and potential was studied in 2006 by the Dutch Ministry of transport in the Netherlands and was compared with High Speed Train and with the Magnetic Levitation Train. Superbus turned out te be superior on each of the four criteria: passenger attraction, environmental impact, cost of infrastructure and potential profit of the business case. The kabinet of the government concluded that Superbus is a significant innovation in public transport and a potential export product. On this basis, the Ministry gave the funding to the University to design and build a experimental prototype. Dr. Antonia Terzi , former Chief Aerodynamicist of BMW-Williams F1 became Chief Vehicle Design. It took three years from first idea’s to the present launch and first test ride

 

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