By Karen Leigh
Electric-powered bus hybrid can reach speeds of 250km/h along a dedicated track
The commute between Abu Dhabi and neighbouring Dubai could be cut to 30 minutes with the launch of an electric-powered ‘Superbus’.
The Superbus, the brainchild of a team of Dutch engineers, is set to go on display at next month’s Commercial Vehicles Conference in Dubai.
The bus-limousine hybrid – which can reach the speeds of a high-speed train – can carry 23 passengers at 250km/h along a dedicated ‘speed track’.
The 15m, eight-door bus would leave the track in urban areas to drop off passengers at agreed locations.
The Superbus will not have a fixed schedule – commuters will book online or with their mobile phone.
It generally takes up to an hour and a half to reach central Abu Dhabi from central Dubai, but the commute could be slashed to 30 minutes if the technology is adopted.
The first road tests took place in Holland last September. No feasibility studies have been done yet for the Abu Dhabi-Dubai route, but the similar Amsterdam-Groningen route has been studied by the Dutch government. The Superbus has been dubbed the “Dutch solution” to the three ills of public transportation: congestion, pollution, and safety.
“[It tackles] the challenges of mobility, spatial planning, service detail and environmental demands all in one,” said chief designer Antonia Terzi, of the design team at TU Delft University of Technology.
Powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries, the Superbus is similar in length and width to a public bus, but with the height of a conventional SUV.
The project is backed by the Dutch government as well as ten sponsors and 56 suppliers.
How will you avoid the Speed camera's in between?
250 km/h.... that's too slow for AD tailgaters.... at least 300km/h.. lol
On a serious note, this is a cool idea.. however, how much will the tickets have to cost to make this idea viable... can't imagine the cost of the track alone, as well as the infrastructure and technological systems required to integrate this with the existing AD - DXB roads, traffic lights, bus stops, etc...
Tell us more.. looks really cool and interesting...
p.s. where's the luggage space for my spinneys shopping!!
Sounds real cool. We used to hear such lovely stuff during the highs of 2003-2007. Does it mean things are making a come back? Wouldn't it be lovely?
I also dont quite understand how you call one on your mobile phone? There will need to be plenty of places for this to stop. Perhaps (unlike the Dubai Metro) it will go close to where people actually live, rather than just alongside a 12 lane highway!
I'd rather wait for the the Rail to happen
Knowing Dubai they will probably charge you the equivalent of a plane ticket for that trip lol.. Instead of it being useful it will become something for the rich to brag about.
It will not take off as this is still slower than half the vehicles on Sheik Zayed Rd...........especially the Nissan Patrols!
Lol, why would you need to take Spinney's shopping from Abu Dhabi to Dubai?
Ah yes, now lets assume the scenario of this Superbus + a Pakistani driver = 1 disaster waiting to happen. No way.