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Travel in the world's longest bus!

Last updated on: April 26, 2013 15:07 IST

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Built by the Fraunhofer Institute for Traffic and Infrastructure Systems, AutoTram Extra Grand is considered the longest bus in the world.

Photographs, courtesy: © Elke Saehn, Fraunhofer IVI

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A futuristic public transport system, it is nearly 31 meters long, has four steering axles and can carry 256 passengers. 

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It has been developed and built under the aegis of the Innovative Regionale Wachstumskerne research program, which was initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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The AutoTram technology is based on a vehicle concept developed by the Fraunhofer IVI, combining the advantages of rail and road-bound transport systems.

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The innovative public transport vehicle has been developed in joint research with the Institute of Electrical Power Engineering, TU Dresden, and Wittur Electric Drive GmbH. 

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Due to its high transport capacity, the AutoTram Extra Grand bridges the gap between conventional city buses and trams, offering new possibilities for an environmental friendly public transport.

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The vehicle is perfectly suitable for use in Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems.

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These can be found in many cities in Asia and South America, where rail-bound solutions are often not realistic due to high costs, space or time restrictions.

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The AutoTram Extra Grand has four guided axles, three of which can be controlled by means of a secure electrohydraulic actuator system.

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With the multi-axle steering system, the vehicle can be maneuvered like a 12-meter bus both forward and reverse.

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With the multi-axle steering system, the vehicle can be maneuvered like a 12-meter bus both forward and reverse.

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The electric bus can run a distance of 8 kilometres.

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With the compact range extender, batteries can be recharged on route.



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