18-meter-long BRT with super capacitor seen at CSR Ningbo base

18-meter-long BRT with super capacitor seen at CSR Ningbo base

Chinese company CSR unveiled an 18-meter long, ultra-quick charging electric bus.

Less than half a minute (some news outlets are stating just 10 seconds) at a bus stop is needed to recharge the super capacitors for another 3 miles of driving.

"The bus recharges while stationary or while passengers get on or off, and each charge enables the bus to run for least five kilometers, said Zhou Qinghe, president of Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive, a subsidiary of high-speed train maker CSR.

In addition, the bus consumes 30 to 50 percent less energy than other electric vehicles.

The capacitor can function safely for 12 years even under extreme temperatures, according to the company."

If you think that charging in seconds is perhaps a bit of a stretch, then here something even more ridiculous: 1,200 orders!

"On Thursday orders for 1,200 buses were placed."

Umm...we're not fully believing that statement until we see it.

To us, the CSR prototype reminds us of the ABB TOSA, which was introduced as a concept a few years ago.

18-meter-long BRT with super capacitor seen at CSR Ningbo base

18-meter-long BRT with super capacitor seen at CSR Ningbo base

18-meter-long BRT with super capacitor seen at CSR Ningbo base

18-meter-long BRT with super capacitor seen at CSR Ningbo base

source: Xinhua, english.news.cn, CNTVNA