Date:4 August 2016
Last week the elevated bus took to the road in China for its first public testing phase. This all-electric bus, capable of driving over motor vehicle traffic, might just bring some relief to the country’s insanely congested roads.
Officially called the Transit Elevated Bus, this futuristic-looking form of public transport was showcased at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo in May this year.
The single-compartment bus launched yesterday is 22 metres long, 7,8 meters wide and has an undercarriage of 2,1 metres. This might seem low, but a large bakkie such as Ford’s Ranger measuring at 1,8 metres tall or a SUV will pass underneath the elevated bus with ease.
This bus is built purely for practicality, as the complete bus can carry up to 1 200 passengers at a time and won’t easily exceed 61 kilometres per hour, reports News.com.au. We suspect a “complete” bus will comprise of four of the compartments pictured above, as each compartment can carry up to 300 passengers.
Watch the video above for more details about the bus and check out the video below for a look at just how congested Chinese roads can be.
Traffic jam in China: