Tindo: the World’s First Solar Bus
Launched in 2007 for the city of Adelaide, Australia, Tindo is the world’s first purely solar bus. Named after the Aboriginal word for the sun, Tindo’s services are completely free, and it has received a lot of attention within the green community.
Tindo carries no solar panels. Instead it is powered by a pack of electrically isolated, hermetically sealed on-board batteries that are charged at the bus’s main charging station, which is powered by solar PV panels.
Equipped with an on-board vehicle management system (VMS) – which is the main controller for all things electric on the bus – Tindo can run for up to 200 km on a single charge.
The bus is designed with drive system components that can last for 130,000 hours or more, and it seats up to 27 passengers (25 seats and 2 wheelchair spaces). The Adelaide City Council claims that the bus prevents the emission of 70,000 kg of carbon annually, or the equivalent of not burning 14,000 liters of diesel.
Solar Bus – The Batteries Behind the Operation
Tindo solar bus uses Swiss made batteries that can be stored for long periods, fully charged. They possess a high power density, are lightweight and minimally affected by external temperatures.
Isn’t it exciting? Imagine the difference a fleet of such buses could make to our public transportation system. The air in Indian cities is among the worst in the world. With our solar energy resources, it is entirely feasible to replicate such buses in our towns and cities and provide emissions free public transportation. City governments certainly need to take note and action!
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