Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tindo - Solar Electric Bus

After my visit to the Zoo yesterday I caught the Adelaide Connector, a free bus, to the railway station.

Tindo takes claim to being the World's first solar electric bus. It carries 40 passengers, 25 of whom are seated, and has a range of 200 km.

It is an electric bus run on batteries that are charged (indirectly) from solar cells on the roof of the Adelaide Central Bus Station. These are connected to the state's power grid which is actually used to charge Tindo's batteries overnight. 70,000 kilowatt hours of electricity is generated annually, sufficient to offset the requirements for charging the bus.

Tindo is the Kaurna Aboriginal name for sun.

7 comments:

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

sounds good but not sure about the 15 people standing all the way.

Wayne said...

I'm always keen to here more about electric vehicles in production. I'd never heard of this bus until now. Very interesting.

Steffe said...

Seems like a good way to commute with a sun cell powered bus.

Donna said...

If you get an email that says I'm in London and needing to have money sent to be so I can get home, don't worry...I've been hacked!!! Just trash it!!!

Gordon said...

Thanks for the warning Donna; it such a pain that hackers cause so much grief.

Ann said...

welcome back to showing us more photos. I had wanted to post comments the last few weeks, but I couldn't.

Good to have an eco transportation.

Nathalie said...

Fantastic!
I love everything about this. The concept, the name... thanks for sharing!