Superbus arrives in UAE for first appearance outside Europe
The Superbus concept, a 250km/h electric crossover between bus and limousine that could give business commuters and tourists a new luxury high-speed link between Abu Dhabi and Dubai as reported by AutoMiddleEast.com earlier – click here, will make its appearance next week in the UAE at the UITP Mobility and City Transport Expo. This will mark its first appearance outside Europe.
The electric-powered cross-over can carry 23 passengers and cut down the commute time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 30 minutes using a dedicated “speed track”.
Powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries, the 530bhp carbon fibre vehicle is similar in length and width to a public bus, but with the height of a conventional SUV. The Superbus, which uses rear wheel steering, boasts high maneuverability, formidable breaking power and safety based on the use of advanced radar and electronic obstacle detection systems.
The Superbus is the brainchild of a design team at TU Delft University of Technology in Holland who have brought the prototype to the UAE after an exploratory initial visit coinciding with last month’s Commercial Vehicles Middle East exhibition and conference in Dubai. During the visit the Superbus project was presented to senior officials of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority.
The Superbus will be in the UAE for two weeks, and following its appearance at the UITP Expo it will move on to the UAE capital where the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport will take the vehicle for a test drive.