Wubbo Ockels, a professor of aerospace engineering and technology who is widely popular as The Netherlands’ first astronaut, has made his appearance in the automobile industry with a new Electric Vehicle (EV) Superbus. The new EV Superbus, which cost 13 million Euros to develop, is all set to debut at a Dubai Trade show in May.
Adhering to the gentlemen’s agreement existing between automobile manufacturers Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volkswagen to fix the speed limit of German electronic cars, the EV Superbus features a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Obviously it is capable of higher speeds! The EV Superbus with its gull-wing doors resembles Ferrari Enzo and Mitsuoka Orochi in its design.
Mitsuoka Orochi is a Japanese sports car designed and built by Mitsuoka Motors as a concept car in 2001, with updates and revisions to the design appearing in 2003 and 2005, before finally being put into production and offered for sale in late 2006 as a 2007 model. Meanwhile, Ferrari Enzo is a 12 cylinder mid-engine berlinetta built in 2002 using Formula One technology.
Nevertheless, the 6 wheeled EV Superbus is not without flaws. There is not much assurance that it could be easily handled on the ordinary roads which are far different from the tarmac seen in the video. The corners in the roads and city traffic will be a major hurdle in its way to become ‘user friendly’. Despite these shortcomings, the makers of the vehicle seemingly exaggerate its prospects by giving undue thrust on its assumed role in ‘sustainable transportation’.