Laura K. Cowan

Ockel's 23-Passenger EV Superbus Can Hit 155 MPH

by , 04/11/11
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Wubbo Ockels, professor of aerospace engineering and technology and the Netherlands’ first astronaut, has led a design team to create this 23-passenger EV Superbus, complete with gull-wing doors and a body that looks part Ferrari Enzo and part Mitsuoka Orochi. The electric bus cost 13 million Euros to develop and is set to debut at a Dubai trade show in May. The bus’ top speed of 155 miles per hour, or 250 kph, is the common top speed of many electronically limited German cars due to a gentlemen’s agreement between carmakers Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volkswagen, so it’s entirely possible this all-electric bus is capable of even higher speeds.

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While the prospect of a high-speed all-electric bus is exciting, the build of this 6-wheeled EV Superbus doesn’t inspire much confidence that it could handle any road other than the tarmac it is cruising down in this video. Corners? City traffic? Not so much. It is always great to see what Dutch engineers come up with, though, as their unique designs (lovingly referred to as “drug-addled idiocy” by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson several seasons back) lend a unique perspective on and contribution to sustainable transportation.

Via Autoblog NL and Jalopnik

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  1. ahinalu April 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I read it as it took 13 mil to develop not that each one costs 13 mil. I think they’d have real issues with that car on normal American roads. Every time you crest a steep hill you’re going to high line in the middle. I like people are thinking about new ways of doing old stuff though.

  2. mrcotain April 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Yeah not seeing a bright future for the design. At 13 million a more feasable realistic alternative would have been appreciated!

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