Electric Limo "Superbus"
The Electrical “Superbus” is most probably the first of its kind. This giant (snake like) vehicle is made to be eco-friendly; a fully electric-powered 'Superbus', looking like something between the bat mobile and a limo, has made its public debut in Dubai. This leaves one wondering as to the motive of its inventors; why invent an electrical vehicle of that magnitude for an oil rich nation anyway? A number of factors could come handy when trying to justify such an invention and why it debuts in that part of the world! Most probably, the availability of world class road infrastructure was the driving force or the availability of the “petrol dollars” or both!
One would have expected such an invention to be more of value to the “third world” countries but the poor road network or the lack of roads is a major hindrance. Even if that vehicle were to be introduced in Africa, our roads would not cope with it, leave alone the obnoxious speed limits on our roads, what of the lack of funds to pay for it, etc.! An electric powered limo super-bus is being developed for use on the journey between Dubai and Abu Dhabi reducing the 124km trip to a mere 30 minute commute. Commuting time between the United Arad Emirates super cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi could be cut in half in a newly invented electric Superbus able to ply the 124 km distance in only 30 minutes, according to The National. With our roundabouts and narrow lanes, mountainous roads, just forget it!
Even the other more normal Limos were finding it had to manoeuvre their way round Kigali, Kampala or Nairobi, then how would this one (twice as long) fare? The standard 56-64 passenger seater buses are 13.5metres long, falling short of the Electrical “Superbus”. Again, the normal road speeds for the passenger bus varies from 80kph to 100kph (depending on the legislation of the country), that would put the limos’ manufacturers to shame! This new electric stretch limo, or sleek super bus, is 15 meters long, 2.5 meters wide and 1.65 meters high, has eight gull wing-style doors on each side, and can accommodate up to 23 passengers in “limousine style” comfort at speeds of 250 km per hour. The eco-friendly limo bus offers comfortable and luxurious transport for up to 23 passengers; the new super limo is hoping to offer the discerning residents of the United Arab Emirates a convenient and luxurious travel experience.
According to the same sources, with a top speed of 250 km per hour, and with plans to create a dedicated road for the limo super-bus running parallel to the main motorway route between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the service will reduce travel times between the two major cities dramatically which will be especially appealing to corporate clients. It would be like traveling on a high speed train or flying on a turboprop aircraft! Going by these statistics, it would take one just two hours of run time to travel from Kigali to Kampala and about 30 minutes from Kigali to Butare! Sounds like a supersonic car!