Beijing-based Transit Explore Bus road tested its futuristic method of public transport, the transit elevated bus (TEB-1), which allows cars to pass underneath due to its straddle design earlier this month.
The test was conducted in Qinhuangdao City, north China’s Hebei Province, in order to evaluate the braking system, drag and power consumption.
China’s homebuilt bus is 22-meter-long, 7.8-meter-wide and 4.8-meter-high and can carry up to 300 passengers. The interior of the TEB-1 features ample seats and plenty space to stand. The bus follows a rail path.
The novel vehicle powered by electricity was designed to ease traffic congestion. Its passenger compartment spans the width of two traffic lanes and rises far above other vehicles on the road, so that it can easily pass them, avoiding traffic jams.
The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), which can potentially carry up to 1,200 passengers, has also attracted interest from Brazil, France, India and Indonesia.
Similar to trams, the buses would run on a set of fixed rails on the road.
Travelling at speeds of up to 60mph, vehicles up to a height of two metres will be able to drive underneath the bus even when it is stationary.
Called the Transit Explore Bus (TEB), the prototype is designed to take on many of the same functions as a subway train but with a fifth of the cost.