The Adelaide (Australia) City Council has put the Tindo bus (earlier post)—an electric bus that is recharged using solar energy generated by a solar photovoltaic system that is installed on the roof of the new Adelaide Central Bus Station—into service.
|The Tindo bus. Photo Courtesy of and Copyright to Panache Photography.|
Tindo has successfully completed its trials, and today begins a new era for environmentally sustainable public transport. It’s an exciting day for the Council and the City.—Lord Mayor Michael Harbison
Built by New Zealand company Designline International, the Tindo solar electric bus uses 11 Zebra modules for energy storage and has an operational range of 200 kilometers (124 miles) between charges under typical urban operational conditions.
The solar PV system on the roof of the new bus station uses solar panels supplied by BP Solar, generating almost 70,000 kWh of electricity each year. Much of the A$550,000 funding for the solar PV system was provided by the Adelaide Solar City program, with the Council also committing significant funding.