20 December 2010
20 December 2010
The Superbus was officially presented at the start of the Millionaire Fair on Thursday 9 December in the RAI Congress Centre in Amsterdam, and TenCate Aerospace Composites has supplied various composite materials for the construction of the Superbus.
The Superbus Concept was developed by Prof. Dr. Ockels. The basic idea is that the Superbus provides comfortable, demand-dependent and point-to-point transport and thanks to high speed, can compete with cars and trains. The electrically powered Superbus consumes as much energy when driving 250 km per hour as a normal bus at 100 kilometers per hour. The Superbus is designed to carry 23 passengers in comfort.
Thanks to the use of composite materials, the 15 meters long Superbus has a low weight and at the same time is extremely strong. The chassis of the Superbus including the cockpit and the rear, where the batteries are installed is entirely made of carbon fibre composite, supplied by TenCate amongst other suppliers.The Superbus is composed of several compartments, accessible through eight hinged doors on each side, and TenCate supplied Cetex carbon laminate for the inner door panels.
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