When the first images of the Transit Explore Bus, or TEB, emerged on the internet, most people doubted it. How could a 2-floor bus that takes two lanes and lets cars run under it ever make it to the streets? Well, it has, as the video below shows.
The vehicle was supposed to be named Land Airbus, but it is being called TEB-1 Model Bus. So far, it is only one of the modules it can have. It is 22 m long, while the whole TEB could reach 60.60 m. It is still 7,80 m wide, but height has been slightly increased: from 4.50 m to 4.80 m. Only this module can carry up to 300 people
Each side of the module has 18 seats. In the middle, it has 2 round seats that can carry up to 10 people. All the others travel standing up and holding to the many poles that can be seen in the image above. The model construction has taken only one month to finish, which is as impressive as the model itself. It will be able to reach a top speed of 60 km/h and will run on electricity.
The tests have started today in China. Not in Changzhou, as previously expected, but in Qinhuangdao. According to TEB, the Land Airbus can replace up to 40 conventional buses, what gives it a potential to save more than 800 tons of fuel every year and to prevent 2,480 tons of carbon emissions.