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September 12, 2013

Solar-powered bus debuts in Australian fleet

Courtesy Adelaide City Council

Courtesy Adelaide City Council
The city of Adelaide, Australia introduced into service the world's first solar-powered electric bus that is recharged using 100% solar energy. The bus, named Tindo, the Aboriginal word for "sun," operates on the Adelaide City Council's free Connector Bus service.

Manufactured by New Zealand company Designline International, the bus doesn't have a combustion engine, which makes it a very quiet, zero emissions vehicle. Other features of the vehicle include a regenerative braking system, saving up to 30% energy consumption.

The air-conditioned vehicle, which can carry up to 40 passengers, is not equipped with solar panels, but is recharged using a solar photovoltaic system installed at the Adelaide Central bus station.

The bus has covered over 34,000 miles since February, saved the city over 4,000 gallons of diesel and reduced CO2 emissions by more than 150,000 pounds in its first year. Tindo is able to travel about 120 miles between recharges under typical urban conditions.

For additional reporting from Cleantechnica, click here.

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