Car ownership in China is expanding exponentially and authorities are concerned that burgeoning car and truck traffic will paralyze the country's highways and biways... that is, paralyze them more often.
The situation is dire indeed, and while China's government and industry (often one and the same) are reluctant to discourage car ownership, they've made great strides in providing attractive alternatives such as public buses and the infrastructure to support them.
Given that this is China we're talking about and the nation's larger cities have populations in the multi-millions, the buses asked to carry their share of the passenger load had better be up to the task... and the Youngman JNP6250G bi-articulated bus is right up their alley. Actually, Beijing's and Hangzhou's alleys.
Developed by Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Youngman, the 25 meter (82 ft) long JNP6250G is the “world's largest” and can carry up to 300 passengers. Don't expect to bus da move in luxury, however, as specs for the JNP6250G indicate it has 40 seats. You do the math.
Bus drivers (who do NOT have to share their seats, presumably) have only rave reviews of the JNP6250G. “I just drove the bus from Zhejiang Province to Shanghai, the top speed reached 82 kph (50.95 mph),” enthused one bus driver. “It is flexible when cornering. The ride is quite easy.” No word if Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock were along for the ride.
That flexibility comes courtesy of two accordian-ribbed joints that help keep the vehicle's turn radius equal to that of a typical 12 meter (39.5 ft) long bus. The JNP6250G is low as well as long, thanks to unit body construction that provides a mere two-hand-lengths of space between the floor and the pavement.
Elderly and/or disabled passengers will find entry to and egress from the bus much easier than with normal buses. Speaking of the disabled, the JNP6250G was designed with wide aisles to accommodate wheelchairs and a central area specifically allocated for wheelchair users.
Last but not least, the JNP6250G and other “super buses” will enjoy dedicated BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) lanes on intercity highways and will access unique BRT stations along their routes. (via China Tech Gadget, 52bus.com, Dache168, and AOJ Auto)