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China’s Elevated Transit Bus on the road for its first test

The world’s first elevated transit bus has been recently tested in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao in Hebei province. The 2m-high and 22m-long bus runs on electricity and can carry up to 300 passengers while cars can drive underneath it. The number of passengers that can be transported can go up to 1200 as four TEBs can be linked.



This first test was, however, not performed in real traffic conditions as the bus travelled a distance of only 300 meters on a controlled track and at a very low speed. In mainstream use, the vehicle is expected to reach a speed of up to 60 km per hour. According to TEBtech, the company that designed and built the bus, the test was meant to assess the braking system and the drag and power consumption.


Photo source: BBC

Even if it looks impressive and might be seen as a solution for traffic congestion, questions about the practicality and financing of this bus have already been raised. It is still to be seen if doubts regarding the vehicle’s ability to turn corners, fit under footbridges or safely drive over vans will be clarified and if the bus will eventually see real-world operation.



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