It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s a… bus? Superbus, actually (despite the Batmobile-esque appearance of the thing). And it’s electric. An electric Superbus (no relation to the 70′s disco classic) straight out of Holland (or is it called the Netherlands?).
Whichever it is, one thing’s for certain: this ain’t your grandmammy’s bus. This 20,000 lb Dutch bad-boy is being touted as a cross between an electric supercar and a luxury limo, powered by an 800-horsepower electric motor that would make the Superbus capable of reaching speeds upwards of 155mph (between stop requests, of course). Your trip to the craft store just got a whole lot quicker, grandma.
Conceptually, the lightweight, carbon fiber-fitted Superbus makes for an interesting read, but what if we told you some Dutch design students actually built the thing? Well, they did – and they’re currently doing laps around the test track. Sure, it hasn’t gone over 50-mph yet, can “only” hold 23 passengers, and at this stage has cost so far £7.5 million to develop, but it’s still early in the game. Plus they’ve added a headphone jack to the media center, so it’s got that going for it.
While the sources below may seem a bit “cautiously optimistic” about the long-term practicalities of a need-for-speed Superbus – going as far as imagining the creation of a special urban highway network just to run these puppies, which are anticipated to hit the roads in the Netherlands first. Whether or not that comes to pass is a ways away, but when you take into consideration the vast landscapes of eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia, the potential for affordable, speedy, eco-friendly travel could soon be a reality for many people. In North America, we would, presumably, be using it mostly to get from L.A. to Vegas on the weekends. Go Dutch!