• Dec 13th 2007 at 3:26PM
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Where might you go if you were the world's first solar-powered electric bus? Somehow, the Adelaide City Council has convinced Tindo, which is that bus, to make Adelaide, Australia its home. Not only is the bus powered 100 percent by solar energy (from a BP Solar-sourced photovoltaic station), but people can also ride it for free. The bus has room for 42 passengers.
The Tindo is made by Designline International, a New Zealand company. This is not a hybrid, but a fully-electric vehicle. At least, I think so. The Adelaide City Council website certainly makes it seem so, but the Designline page only talks about hybrid buses, not pure EVs. The Council claims that:

The solar electric bus and the recharging system at the Adelaide Central Bus Station represent a significant investment by the Adelaide City Council into a sustainable future for the City of Adelaide, while providing leadership in sustainable public transport options for cities around Australia.

According to the "A New Life Down Under" blog, the Tindo (which is the Kaurna name for Sun) arrived in Adelaide today and was officially launched by the Lord Mayor in Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga just before noon.
[Source: Adelaide City Council, h/t to Alex]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Sirs It is quite interesting and eco- friendly bus. You can also add the recent technology up gradation Then it will serve really worthy to the coming generation. Keep the global warming under control. Thanking You, Yours sincerely S.G.Amirtharaj
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely brillant!! I hope that you get more and more orders!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 200km range is fantastic. Good machine!

      The mirrors do make it look like a floppy eared bunny though. But what an environmentally sound bunny. ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very exciting news! The residents of Adelaide must be so proud to be the first city with a solar bus :) Way to go!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am a mechanical engineering student.
        It is a good technology that you have implimented. We have an idea that many of the energies that can be get from the bus by the proper design,this can be stored in the battery itself.This energy can we used for running.The energies will not vanishes while the bus runs.When the bus moves the energy retains in the battery in the bus as like a cyclic process.Kindly mail me the detail about electric m/r used in it motor capacity ,maintance of motor

        My mail id vishnukylm@gmail.com
        Your's Faithfully
      • 5 Years Ago
      where i get contact adress of this solar bus

      Rtn Donald V Pramodan
      Rotary Club Mulki
      RID 3180 INDIA
      Cell + 91 9845236539
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am Rtn Donald V Pramodan Belongs to Rotary club Mulki, RID3180 INDIA , I am working in Karnataka State Road Transport Corparation in Mangalore (western Coastal area of Karnataka State)
      can plz give me information regarding solar bus? bcz we are running more than 15,000 busses (Diesel) if solar energy is implimented we can save alot of fuel as well as its good for the envirnment also , we are getting good sunlight in the 9 monts of the year

      So Dear Sir can u give your helping hand for above said prapossal ?
      with regards
      Rtn Donald V Pramodan
      Rotary Club Mulki
      RID 3180 INDIA
      Cell + 91 9845236539
      • 7 Years Ago

      Tindo Green, the Sunlight Bus,
      Silently, without a fuss,
      Long the roads, of Adelaide,
      Will travel on, while fossils fade.

      • 7 Years Ago

      Many thanks for highlighting our new solar electric bus on your website.

      It's a very proud achievement for the Adelaide City Council - the culmination of an eight-year, million dollar project to deliver an electric bus for the City of Adelaide.

      Importantly, it will directly benefit our community, because we're intending to use the solar electric bus in our free community bus service.

      I can assure readers that the electric bus - named "Tindo", which is the local Aboriginal word for "sun" - is a pure EV.

      It will be recharged using a unique solar PV system installed on the roof of the new Adelaide Central Bus Station.

      This system generates 70,000 kilowatt hours of zero carbon emissions electricity per year - which makes it the largest grid-connected solar system in our City.

      "Tindo" has an operational range of 200 kilometres between charges under typical urban conditions, and as it doesn't have a combustion engine, it operates quietly and effectively with zero tail pipe emissions.

      It uses 11 Swiss-made Zebra sodieum/nickel batteries, giving the bus unprecedented energy storage and operational range.

      And the batteries are not affected by external temperatures.

      If anyone would like further information about the Adelaide City Council's world first 100% solar electric bus, please contact me at D.Heath@adelaidecitycouncil.com

      Cheers & Merry Christmas.

      David Heath
      Adelaide City Council

        • 6 Years Ago
        Dear Mr David Heath
        I'm a student interested Green Technology
        But I'v a bit confuse about a part of your comment slightly uncorrect.

        "This system generates 70,000 kilowatt hours ."

        70,000 kilowatt = 70 megawatt this is enough for 3500 homes, please make it correctly.
        Regard Kla
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cycling, i mean, an important percentage of people pedaling on it, would perfectly make up for the rest of energy needed, making its costeffectiveness much more affrordable for non-first world cities. Being the most perfect, fair and sustainable way to urban transport. It's already a project and a cause. It's called Cycling Bus (electric and eventually solar) in which the active passengers can travel at much lower fares, and save great costs to the recharging system, and expenditures for the whole health care systema and society! Please consider supporting us at cyclingbus.blogspot_com!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think that solar buses are exactly what we need in the US for the southern and midwestern areas which receive good sunlight. It is possible that charging stations could also be created from wind power as well for windy areas so the solar buses might be renamed "clean energy" buses.

      • 5 Years Ago
      sir , im a b.e student of industrial&production enginnering. here i want to know about making of heavy trucks&other vehicles using solar &electrical &non electrical methods to run it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is no such thing as a "zero carbon emissions pv" or "non-polluting" bus. Not unless beach sand was used in raw form and thrown on the roof of a log with wooden wheels.

      Anybody with half a brain can see that the energy required to generate pv and design and build a bus is a negative return and produced tons and tons of carbon in the process.

      I'm all for alternative energy, but mighty tired of the outright lies regarding how "zero pollution" it is or how "efficient" it claims to be.

      Everything comes at a price.
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