See the longest bus in the world – AutoTram Extra Grand, which is almost 101 feet long (30 meters) and looks amazing at the first sight. The multi-unit vehicle with rubber tires has 4 steering axles and it can carry 256 passengers. One good news for environmentalists as the world’s largest bus runs mostly on electric power. At the historic city center of Dresden, this longest bus was presented to the public for the first time on August 22nd, 2012. Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Traffic and Infrastructure Systems in Germany, AutoTram Extra Grand is quite long and has a passenger capacity of a small train.
The cost of World’s largest bus is $1.25 million (approx. 6.2 Crore Rupees, £778,000). The premiere of AutoTram Extra Grand attracted a huge number of visitors and press, also Chinese cities – Beijing and Shanghai have already placed orders for the vehicle. This big bendy bus has been made in joint research with the Institute of Electrical Power Engineering, TU Dresden, and Wittur Electric Drive GmbH. The innovative public transport vehicle was constructed by bus manufacturer Göppel Bus GmbH in Thüringen while the type approval was carried out by the DEKRA. Wittur Electric Drive GmbH had taken the responsibility of producing the high efficient drive engines, plus the Dresden-based M&P motion and control.
This bus has 3 accordion-linked cabins and integrates green technology with hybrid fuel and an electric engine that can travel 5 miles operating wholly on battery power. There is no need of special licence for bus drivers to drive AutoTram Extra Grand; thanks to an exclusive computer steering system which keeps the length of the bus accurately in line with the front carriage. When compared to a rail commuter system, the system is less costly to run and cheaper to put into operation. No doubt that currently the AutoTram is the longest bus in the world, but in terms of the largest-capacity bus, presently the title is held by China’s New Liner Series – it has 300 seats on 82ft bus.
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World’s longest bus unveiled video from youtube: