It's rare to witness style exercises in these types of vehicle. However, the Superbus is as powerful and efficient as any modern sports car. It can travel through a highway at a speed of 250 Km/ hour and, at same time, travel around the city slowly and securely until it reaches its destination. Or, at least, that's how it will be when it starts being produced in 2008; for the time being it is just a bold concept: the means of transportation of the future.
The Superbus is a project financed by the Dutch government and created by the Delf University of Technology, with the goal of devising an alternative to high speed railway transports. With 15 metres of length and 2,5 metres of width, its dimensions are no different from other vehicles of passanger transportation. However, due to the lack of a luggage compartment and the low position of the seats, it is only 1,7 metres high. So, it resemble a long blade that cuts the air close to the ground with an aerodinamic coefficient as enviable as 0,2!
Like a top of the line sports car, the Superbus is equiped with a gamut of technologically advanced gadgets, such as an on-board computer, an advanced semi-active suspension system, an advanced radar able to scan the road several hundreds of metres ahead, autopilot, etc. The propulsion is assured by six electric motors, one for each of the six wheels, with a power of about 300 Kw (400 HP). Additionally, its elegant design makes this prototype an attractive option for a quick and comfortable transport of up to 50 people from one city to another.
It would be utopic to think that, in a near future, personal vehicles will give way to public transports completely. There will always be personal cars, as a result of our rising mobility. The pollution argument doesn't seem to make much sense anymore, as more and more environmentally-friendly systems are created. However the future of public transportation seems promissing, if we can find more viable and interesting proposals, like the Superbus.