• Dutch designed Superbus road tested in the UAE

    13 June 2011

    A superfast vehicle known as the Superbus which has been designed to slash the driving time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, was road tested recently in Masdar City, home of the Masdar Institute.

    A combination of Formula 1 and aerospace technologies, the 15 metre long, 2.5 metre wide, 6-wheel vehicle features 12 doors in its lightweight structure.

    The low-drag shape has been designed to ensure Superbus is stable and easy to control at high speeds, which when launched will have a top speed of 250km/ph. Standing at just 1.7 metres tall, it has similar dimensions to a conventional bus with a seating capacity of 23 people including the driver.

     Superbus is the brainchild of a design team at TU Delft University in the Netherlands, the project started in 2004 with the first road test completed in the Netherlands in September 2010.

    Alan Frost, Director of Masdar City said, “The growing reputation of Masdar City, UAE as a clean-technology cluster and Abu Dhabi as a global hub of the renewable energy and sustainability industry made it a natural choice for the Superbus’ first demonstration outside of the Netherlands.

    It’s only fitting that this vehicle was charged for the first time by renewable energy at Masdar City.” UAE officials have not confirmed when Superbus will commence commercial operations.

    More information at www.superbusproject.com


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