There are buses and then there is the AutoTram Extra Grand which debuted in Germany this week as the longest of its breed in the world. Developed by the boffins of the Fraunhofer Institute for Traffic and Infrastructure Systems, the bus is nearly 101 feet long, has four steering axles and can carry 256 passengers . The big bendy bus premiered in the eastern city of Dresden this week where it will soon roll into service with the local transportation authority on trial runs as Beijing and Shanghai placed their orders for the vehicle which costs about $10million (almost £6.3million) per bus. The good news for environmentalists is that it can run for long stretches on electric power.

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