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11-7-2011: Euro Commissioner of Research, Innovation and Science visits TU Delft and drives Superbus

Monday July 11th TU Delft had the honour of hosting the European Commissioner of Research, Innovation and Science, Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn. She was accompanied by the Dutch deputy minister of education, Mr. Zijlstra. They visited several sites on the TU Delft campus. Transport over the campus was done by Superbus. Thereby they became the first official passengers of Superbus.

 

Superbus was driven by its Chief Vehicle Designer, Antonia Terzi. Furthermore Wubbo Ockels, the inventor of Superbus and Dirk-Jan van den Berg, the chairman of the board of TU Delft and several other members of the visiting delegation joined as well. The first part of the drive took place on the part of campus where some think there must be running a tram in the future. We have a better suggestion..... 

 

The pictures below give an impresson of the ride. Some interesting footage of the visit can be seen in these two videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyG6P_P2958 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxuzy8XH4tw.

 

 

 


23-4-2011: Packing up and going home from Sharjah Airport

At the end of our trip to the UAE Superbus was brought to Sharjah Airport to be loaded on the dedicated aircraft pallet. The pictures below show you how this was done.

 

At the end of the journey we can say that we are looking back on a very successful three week stay in the Emirates. We would like to thank many people and organisations for making this a succesful visit:

 

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and many other representatives of the UAE government for visiting us at the UITP Exhibition.

 

The UITP and the RTA for inviting us to come to the UITP exhibition in Dubai.

 

KLM Cargo for sponsoring the flight back and forth to the Middle East.

 

All the people at Masdar City for hosting us for two days and giving us the possibility to charge our vehicle in a fully sustainable way for the first time.

 

The Dubai Autodrome for hosting us for two days as well and giving us the possibility to perform very valuable testing in hot weather conditions.

 


21-4-2011: FIA Vice-President Mohammed bin Sulayem drives Superbus on Dubai Autodrome

Superbus had the honour of the FIA Vice-President Mohammed bin Sulayem driving it around the Dubai Autodrome.  

The following pictures give an impression of the drive.

 

 

 

Superbus inside the technical area of the autodrome being prepared for the day.

 

 

  

Mohammed bin Sulayem arrives at Superbus.

 

  

 


18-4-2011: Superbus visits Masdar City

Superbus was invited to visit Masdar City. Masdar City is a fully sustainable city. The initiative for the development of the city was taken by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company. It is located near the airport of the city of Abu Dhabi. The Superbus team was invited to come over and show Superbus. Therefore the team transported Superbus to Masdar City and put it on display at several locations in the city. The attention it got was beyond expectation. Apart from the local community a lot of press showed interest in the visit. Next to that a number of representatives of the Dutch embassy in Abu Dhabi was present.

The following movie made by Masdar city gives an overview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8r5PC-NP7Q&feature=related

The following pictures also give an impression of the day.

 

 

Superbus at the entrance of Masdar City

 


13-4-2011: Chairman RTA and UAE Minister of Environment and Water visit Superbus

During the last day of the UITP exhibition in Dubai the chairman of the board an executive director of the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) in Dubai, His Excellency Mattar al Taya visited Superbus. The RTA has been the host of the UITP World Congress and Exhibition.

 

 

Superbus Chief Vehicle Designer, Antonia Terzi, explains the Superbus concept to His Excellency Mattar al Taya (seated in the center of Superbus)

 

The same day also the UAE Minster of Environment and Water, His excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad visted Superbus. He was very interested in the suatainability aspects of Superbus.

 

 

Wubbo Ockels welcomes His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad at Superbus.

 

 

Wubbo Ockels explains the sustainablilty aspects of Superbus.


13-4-2011: Dutch Young Cricket Team visits Superbus at UITP exhibition

The Dutch young cricket team paid a visit during the UITP exhibition in Dubai. Wubbo Ockels welcomed the team dressed in their Dutch national team dress. The team is playing a number of matches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi during April. They took the opportunity to visit Superbus.

 

 

Wubbo Ockels welcomes all the team members

 

 

Explanation about Superbus

 

 

Photo opportunity with the full team in front of the vehicle

 

 

The team expresses their thanks.


10-4-2011: Opening of the UITP World Congress and Exhibition

In the early afternoon of April 10th His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai opened the 59th UITP World Congress and exhi


6-4-2011: KLM Cargo airlifts Superbus to Dubai

The Union International de Transport Publique (UITP) invited Superbus to come to their World Congress and Exhibition in Dubai. For this Superbus needed to be airlifted to Dubai.


4-4-2011: press present during testing

April 4th 2011 the Superbus team invited the press to witness a day of testing.


1-1-2011: New Year Stunt in Drachten, province of Friesland

There is this tradition in the province of Friesland in the North of the Netherlands that local groups show on the first of January a special thing they have gotten/borrowed/stolen from somewehere