Chinese Company Unveils A Straddling Bus
Developed by the Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment, the 3D Fast Bus (or the more aptly termed Straddling Bus) was first exhibited at the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo this year. As described by China Hush:
The model looks like a subway or light-rail train straddling the road. It is 4-4.5 m high with two levels: passengers board on the upper level while other vehicles lower than 2 m can go through under the bus. Powered by electricity and solar energy, the bus can go up to 60 KM/H while carrying 1200-1400 passengers at a time without blocking the road. It costs about 500 million yuan ($75 Million US) to build the bus and a 40-km-long path for it — only 10% of building an equivalent length of subway. It is estimated that the bus can reduce traffic jams by 20-30% while significantly reducing carbon output and noise pollution.
As explained in the (yet untranslated) presentation above, the Straddling Bus can save up to 860 tons of fuel per year, reducing 2,640 tons of carbon emission. Beijing’s Mentougou District will carry out a pilot test with an eco-community project of the Straddling Bus, set to begin construction later this year.