VIDEO: Dutch Superbus undergoes cold-weather testing
Wubbo Ockels went to space. Later on, he decided to helm the development of a 160-mph electro-bus. With a name like “Wubbo Ockels,” what choice did he have?
Ockels, the first Dutch citizen aboard the space shuttle, now holds the ASSET (AeroSpace for Sustainable Engineering and Technology) chair at the Delft University of Technology. More importantly, he’s the head of TU Delft’s Superbus program.
Funded by both public and private euros and developed in the Netherlands, the Ockels-led Superbus Project aims to overhaul high-speed public transit by offering point-to-point transportation at speeds up to 160 mph via both regular roads and dedicated high-speed Superbus lanes.
Plus, the durned thing looks as if it were penned by Syd Mead. If the carbon-fiber, electric-powered Superbus is any indication of our dystopian future, stick a fork in us and call us Deckard. We’re there.