China successfully tests world’s first transit elevated bus
Looking somewhat futuristic, China’s Transit Elevated Bus drives over the top of other cars as can be seen in the video below. The TEB comfortably straddles cars below allowing them to pass from underneath.
It stands 2 meters high and is 72 ft in length while it possesses a 25 ft wide body. TEB can be seen on its inaugural test run in Qinhuangdao City, Hebei province easily maneuvering its way through traffic as it passes over vehicles in its path.
Having completed testing of brakes, drag and power consumption, the TEB can currently accommodate 300 passengers with future versions being able to hold upto 1200 passengers. China’s TEB was showcased at 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo in May while developers announced that the vehicle would be ready for test runs in August.
True to their word, the TEB was tested. It can reach speeds upto 60 kmph and runs on rails laid on ordinary roads while it can replace 40 conventional buses. Saving or road space is a major advantage where these buses are concerned and while the TEB functions as a subway, cost of construction is considerably lower.
Song Youzhou, designer of the bus confirms that prototypes are being constructed while five cities – Nanyang, Qinhuangdao, Shenyang, Tianjin, and Zhoukou have entered into agreements with TEB Technology Development Company for pilot projects.