Qinhuangdao, China – This port city in the North East of the Hebei province was the place where the 300m-long trial run of the Transport Elevated Bus (TED) was conducted.
But what is this TEB? This is literally a vehicle, a bus, 2m-high, powered by electricity, capable of carrying up to 300 passengers at once which straddles the cars below, allowing them to pass through. This revolutionary concept was designed by Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Company and was unveiled at the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo in May 2010. Last May, a digital video of it was released, which made everyone on Weibo – and on social media around the world – excited for this pioneer of future public transportation.
This vehicle will be able to reach 60km per hour and it will travel on rails laid along ordinary roads: this bus, which could replace 40 conventional buses, has the same functions as the subway, but the cost is less than one fifth of it, says an engineer, and it will also save a lot of road space, adds the chief engineer, Song Youzhou.
It is still uncertain when the vehicle will be widely used in Chinese cities, but the simple fact one of them is real and functioning – this is the TEB-1 but, according to engineers, up to four TEBs could be build/connected in the future – was enough to unleash the excitement of people all over the world.